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Onam festival

*Onam is great festival Kerala state Onam is celebrated in the state of Kerala, in southern India. It's the biggest festival of the year there. People start the day with creating their floral decorations on the ground in front of their houses. The floral decorations (pookalams) continue during the 10 day lead up to Onam, and pookalam competitions are organized by various organizations. In 2013, the most important day of Onam (known as Thiru Onam) is on Monday September 16. Rituals commence 10 days before Thiru Onam, on Atham. The state government celebrates Tourism Week in Kerala during Onam. Much of Kerala's culture is showcased during the festivities. The festival is also celebrated with new clothes, feasts served on banana leaves, dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races. It’s very colorful days. A lot of cooking takes place during Onam, with the highlight being a grand feast called Ona Sadya. It's served on the main Onam day. The cuisine is elaborate and varied The Stories Behind the Onam Festival A long long time ago, a king called Mavali ruled kerala . He was a wise, benevolent and judicious ruler and beloved of his subjects. At that time everyone was equal and everyone will happy with the same things and no poverty and get justice right way, but when He extended his rule to the heavens and the netherworld, the gods felt challenged and began to fear his growing powers. Presuming that he might become over-powerful, Aditi, the mother of Devas pleaded with Lord Vishnu to curtail Mahabali's powers. Vishnu transformed himself into a dwarf called Vamana and approached Mahabali while he was performing a yajna and asked for alms. The king in his pride asked the Brahmin what he wanted for he could give anything. Vamana asked for three paces of land and the king agreed Vishnu in the guise of Vamana then increased his stature and with the first step covered the sky, blotting out the stars, and with the second, straddled the netherworld. Realising that Vamana's third step will destroy the earth, Mahabali offered his head as the last step Mahabali, who was a man of principles, realized God's purpose and offered his head for Vamana's footstep, as he was sent to another world. This fatal step proved a blessing in disguise for the good king — the foot salvaged and released him from the recurrent cycle of birth and death. That is why Onam is celebrated by wearing new clothes and resolving to lead a new life of truth, piety, love, and humility. The Kerala people become ready to accept the king Mavali visits Kerala and prepare their homes and it’s become Kerala’s big festival and make a nice food on that days , and they celebrated by sing a song, dancing then many entertainment.
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"I would like to introduce to you a nice, but dangerous tourist site in my area: it's called Adiyanpara. It's a waterfall. Around that area you have to walk carefully as the rocks there are very slippery there. It is about 15 km away from the town. I can never forget this place in my whole life because once I fought for my life in this waterfall. At that time I had college-holidays. We planned to visit the waterfalls. There are many big and small waterfalls at that place. Nature created a kind of 'swimming pool': a beautiful, mini-lake. One year ago, I swam in that lake when we were on a visit. It was summer time and therefore the waterfall became very narrow and it was not dangerous. I could swim in the lake like in a swimming pool. Later one day, I and eight friends of mine visited the place again. When we reached the place and watched all these many waterfalls, our eyes and hearts were filled with happiness when witnessing this beauty of nature. We wanted to swim in the lake, but we were a bit worried whether it could be dangerous to do so because  that time was rainy season and lake  was dangerous situation. So, we decided to check it out first. I was the first to jump in and swim to test the risk of danger. But the big, high waterfalls triggered the formation of waves, which threw me to the shore. I could not swim, it was too hard. If I swam about 5 feet, the waves threw me back about 3 feet. But I tried with all my strength to approach the source-area of the waterfall. When I reached the centre of the lake, things went from bad to worse. I could suddenly feel the presence of a dangerous whirlpool, which was again created by the high waterfalls. I was right in the middle of this whirlpool. I knew that this was a very dangerous situation. None of my friends could do anything, apart from watching the whole scene from the shore. They realized the danger of the situation and shouted that I should return. But that was easily said than done. The gigantic force of the whirlpool just kept tight hold of me. I felt its power and feared that it would suck me down. I sensed that my death was coming closer and closer and closer. I had a flash of many faces in my mind. In my mind there were only two options: die or fight for your life. I then used all my power and turned towards the shore to swim. But I couldn't move an inch. It felt like many people were grabbing my legs to keep me down - underwater. I tried to fight against it. It was a 10-minute struggle against this horrible force. My friends were crying. As I was very far away from the shore, they could not do anything to rescue me, apart from praying to God. Suddenly their prayers seemed to be heard by God: with the help of a huge wave and my own energy I was able to escape this dangerous Bermuda Triangle and swam to the safety of the shore. I was extremely exhausted. My friends hugged me and this time they cried with happiness . Later, we noticed a warning board in the place, stating that 11 persons had died due to dangerous accidents in these waterfalls. I was so lucky that I hadn't ended up as person No. 12! Thanks God for that!"

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My place

 I think I will write about myself - that's a good idea because I can write a lot about my life. I was born in Kerala, in South India, which is close/near to your native country. My village's name is Nilambur. It's a very famous place. It's a nice forest area, full of teak trees. The world's biggest teak tree is situated here in my place. I am the eldest son in my family. My father's family was a big family. He has 6 brothers and 2 sisters. They all lived together in one house/under the same roof. I was a kid at that time. So, I spent my childhood growing up in that big family. My father was a High School teacher. My mother was a housewife. At that time everyone was living in one house, including my grandparents. I was the first child of our big family. So at that time everyone cared and looked after me. I was a beautiful child. My house was big and we owned one acre land, which surrounded our house. There were many mango trees, coconut trees and many other types of trees in our plot of land. My house was also near a river. Many creatures lived in our place, for example mongooses etc. There were also many birds like parrots, mynas etc. The nature there was very beautiful. I enjoyed this beauty in my childhood/when growing up as a child. There were also some dangerous animals - snakes like the cobra for example. I saw them often, but they never attacked me. My childhood was very interesting. After the birth of my cousins I got new company in my house. I was living in a village. Near my house there was a big and beautiful river. When I was a child, I went to that river for swimming and taking a bath. The river was flowing from a mountain. There shore of the river was nice and sandy. In the evenings we played football there. We swam across the river during summer time, when the river became smaller/narrower. The river's name is Chailayar. If we walk one kilometer away from my place, you will find the spot where three rivers join into one. It is very beautiful. During my childhood, fishing was my hobby. I and my friends went fishing at the river. When it was night time, we sat along the sand shore and kept talking about all things, whilst watching the moon and the stars in the sky. It was a beautiful view and very romantic. At nights the river cooled down, so that we were gently touched by the cool breeze. It made our hearts and minds feel fresh.


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English Club

I am new member in EC .First  I don't how utilize the web site, now i am understand this web site using methods little 

Mian chat room-  we can chat  with many persons  here they are coming all over the world .

blogs-  we can  create nice blog  and share our ideas   we become good writer  . we get response form others  they will help us.

videos - we can  see here many videos  and  we can share videos here

Vocie - we  can add our voice  in our pages or our friend page by using this web sites  will help  http://vocaroo.com and http://audioboo.fm forum, groups

Photos-  It is nice  add  photos here.  we can add many beautiful pictures here 

Forum -  that nice thing and we can  active in it 

Gorups -  we can join groups 

In main page of EC  we can see  many usable  links  like- learn English , Crammer, Vocabulary, Teach English  and  many website links like BBC raido  etc  

I think it is great webs site   to help  who learn English 

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i am living in a village it called nilambur.my state name is kerala  my country is India. I like to say about my village. in my village  one  side covered by mountains   from that mountain a river is srating

the river passing near my house.  many beautiful place we can see here,  rivers, forest, every where we feel green. it is very  beautiful to us

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