KOCHI: The 10-day Onam festivities got under way at Thripunithura on Friday, with Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran hoisting the flag at the Government Boys’ High School ground, described during the season as Athachamayam ground.
The sky was overcast, but it did not rain, as thousands thronged the streets of the royal township to catch a glimpse of the annual Athachamayam procession organised by the municipality as early as 10 a.m, reports The Hindu.
Though the festivities this time around are said to be strictly tailored to follow the green protocol, street vendors of festoons and knick-knacks — mostly from other states — had loads of plastic in what they sold.
As always, the procession retained its vibrancy, with artistes dressed in Theyyam, Mayilattom, Kummi, Pulikkali, Kathakali, Thullal and Karakattom attires forming part of it.
The 19 tableaux that were paraded covered a range of themes from traditional to contemporary happenings.
Jostling for space with Mahabali, Vamana, Haunaman, Vivekananda, and Parasurama were new-age icons such as Bahubali and Kattappa.