Onam, the vibrant and much-celebrated harvest festival of Kerala, is in full swing. As we step into the third day, Chodhi, there’s a palpable excitement in the air. But what makes Chodhi so special? Let’s unravel the mysteries of this significant day.
A Glimpse into History
Chodhi, historically, is a day that marks the beginning of new endeavors. Ancient scriptures and local legends suggest that it was on this day that King Mahabali started preparing for his grand return to Kerala. The day symbolizes hope, new beginnings, and the anticipation of the beloved king’s arrival.
Rituals that Resonate
The rituals of Chodhi are as vibrant as the festival itself. Early in the morning, households clean their courtyards and decorate them with ‘Pookalam’ (floral carpets). The designs on Chodhi are more intricate, reflecting the growing excitement of the festival.Another significant ritual is the purchase of new clothes. Families head out to local markets to buy new attire, symbolizing the renewal of life and prosperity. This act is not just about shopping; it’s a tradition that binds the community, fostering unity and shared joy.While Chodhi is a day of preparation and joy, it also holds deeper spiritual significance. It’s a reminder of the values that King Mahabali stood for – righteousness, justice, and benevolence. As families come together, they share tales of the king’s reign, instilling these values in the younger generation.