(Mineola, NY) Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell joined members of Nassau County's Indian community during their Onam Celebration. Indian-American residents came together with community leaders at all levels of government to celebrate "Onam". Onam is the biggest and most important festival of the state of Kerala in India. According to popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. The rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival.
Honorees James Mathew of East Meadow Cherian Koshy and Roy C. Thomas both of New Hyde Park Sabu Lukose of Baldwin Heights Vonod Kiarke of Searington Dr. Jose A. Kennattu of New Hyde Park and Baby Kurakose of Elmont Nassau County Deputy Comptroller Joy Watson Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell Assemblyman Edward Ra Assemblywoman Michelle Schimmel Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink President of the Indian American Mayayalee Association of Long Island Thomas M. George and Advisory Board Chairman Benjamin George