Foreign visitors, especially Americans, visiting the campus at this time would really enjoy seeing and participating in all of the cultural programs. They may also be shocked and surprised to notice that for many not a shred of work gets done today. Though it’s a working day, many are in the holiday mood participating in activities from the start of the work day until the end of the work day. This would shock most Americans because while Americans certainly have holiday parties with their colleagues, the party would be conducted only for a few hours during the work day (most likely coupled with the lunch hour) or after hours, so that the working hours and work doesn’t get impacted.
If you are curious to know more about Onam, what is Onam, and the legends behind Onam, read this post.
Note: The photo at the beginning of this post is a typical decoration found in windows during this season. The script in Malayalam says Onaashamsakal, or Happy Onam.
Jennifer Kumar, an American citizen living in Kochi, India is the Managing Director of Authentic Journeys, a business coaching and consultancy firm bridging the cultural gap between Indians and their US counterparts. The office, located in the NRI-TBI incubator is situated in the Thapasya building on the first floor. Contact her for more information.
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