Donegal Indian Malayalee Association (DIMA) is a vibrant community of around 200 plus people from Kerala, a southern state in India. DIMA is a non-profitable cultural organization formed to foster communal harmony among it’s members and also to promote cultural exchanges with other communities.
Last Saturday, DIMA celebrated Onam festival 2016 at Regional Cultural Center, Letterkenny. More than 200 Indian Malayalam Association members from all areas of Donegal attended this harvest festival. This was DIMA’s 7th year.
Celebrations started with a 7 course Vegetarian meal served in the traditional way. Traditional Kerala food served in Plantain leaves and consists of a total of 25 items which comprises the 7 course meal.
The main highlight of the celebration was the welcoming of King Maveli, the legendary King who is believed to be the ruler of ancient Kerala.
The story goes that the beautiful state of Kerala was once ruled by an Asura (demon) king, Mahabali. The King was greatly respected in his kingdom and was considered to be wise, judicious and extremely generous. It is said that Kerala witnessed its golden era in the reign of King Mahabali. Everybody was happy in the kingdom, there was no discrimination on the basis of caste or class. Rich and poor were equally treated. There was neither crime, nor corruption. There was no poverty, sorrow or disease during the reign of King Mahabali and everybody was happy and content.
Few of the major cultural events includes Thiruvathira, Bharathanatyam, Patriotic Dance, Kathak, Songs, Drama etc.. - by the talented DIMA members.
DIMA wish all a Happy Onam.