Onam

Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 29, 2014. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

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Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects

Artists, with painted bodies, wait to perform during the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.  Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting, performed to entertain people during Onam, an annual Hindu harvest festival. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

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Artists with painted bodies wait to perform the “Pulikali”, or tiger dance, during the Hindu harvest festival of Onam in Kerala, south India. Pulikali is a colourful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting.