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Geography-Kerala, India

Today we received our first letter from our Gospel for Asia son. How exciting! We picked him because he looks like our youngest son and he shares the same birthday as Alf.

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“What a Cutey!”

Sponser a child at Gospel For Asia.

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“Isn’t his handwriting and alphabet beautiful?!

In his letter he mentioned monsoon rains and the paddy cultivation. Huh? What’s a paddy? The picture Nikhil colored for us mentioned traditional boat races. What is that like? Inquiring minds want to know! Hello Google!

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What an excellent use of color coordination and he didn’t color outside the lines!

The kids and I all gathered around the ‘puter and had an impromptu social studies lesson. And guess what?! I didn’t plan it, LOL! Gather your family and learn about Kerala India, “God’s own Country” with us. BTW, God owns all the earth, not just India!

Happy Schooling!

Beautiful scenery and lots of rain!

What hard workers these people are. All this for rice. I am so blessed to have Publix.

Their hands are so skilled.

Below is what we read from good ole Wikipedia on their yearly festival called Onam. This is where the boat races are held. check out the video too!

Onam (Malayalam: ഓണം) is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala’s culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival.

The most important things about Onam are the onakkodi, the new clothes worn on this day and onam sadya, a feast which is quite elaborate. This is usually a feast served on banana leaves and serves rice along with at least an array of 4 dishes. Traditional pickles and papadam are also served. Dessert is usually ‘payasam’, a sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other traditional Indian savories.

During Onam, people create a multi-coloured floral decoration on the ground in the front of their home called pookkalam. Young children especially girls are often entrusted with the task of gathering and laying out the flowers in elaborate patterns. Competitions are held on onam day to create this floral design. It is usually 1.5 m in Diameter usually in circular shape. A lamp is usually placed as part of the design. In the recent years, the floral designs have evolved from the traditional circular shape to unique designs depicting different cultural and social aspects of Kerala life.

The Vallamkali (the snake boat race) is another event that is synonymous with Onam. Well-known races include the Aranmula Boat Race and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. About 100 oarsmen row huge and graceful snake boats and men and women come from far and near to watch the snake boats skim through the water.

 

I’ve never seen such a large boat. Looks like a great time visit Keral, India.

 

All we needed to know in one video!
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January 20, 2011 - Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, Holidays

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