THe Klang Malayalee Association, known as Mamangam, hosted its annual Onasadhya event in conjunction with the Onam festival.
The event held at SMK La Salle, Klang, saw more than 600 Malayalees of different faiths and their friends who came together for the celebration.
They were entertained to a medley of dances and songs performed by Mamangam Youth members and the community.
The entertainment included kaikottikali, which is a Malayalam folk dance, as well as folk song performances known as naadan paatu.
“Onam is celebrated harmoniously by Malayalees of all faiths, and this harmony needs to be maintained for a brighter future, ” said Mamangam president Jayakumar Pillai.
The highlight of the festival was the Onasadhya, a lavish feast comprising
20 varieties of vegetarian dishes which were prepared by the women of Mamangam.
Onam is the harvest festival of the South Indian state of Kerala that is observed in August or September every year.
It is a cultural festival celebrated over a period of 10 days by the Malayalee diaspora around the world.
Onasadhya symbolises the plethora of the harvest, and ensures that the message of oneness and hope is spread.
Mamangam members gathered the night before the event to cut vegetables and cook dishes like the kaalan, olan, aviyal and erisseri, among other things.
The marathon cooking was completed at 8am on the day of the event.
The food was served on plantain leaves by Mamangam members and friends dressed in traditional mundu or kasavu sarees.
Jayakumar also presented a RM2,500 cheque to SMK La Salle’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), which was received by the school’s Board of Governors chairman Datuk A.R. Peter and PTA president Jayandran Kody.
Among those who attended the event were Pandamaran assemblyman Tony Leong and All Malaysia Malayalee Association president Datuk Rajan Menon.
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