Pookalam (Athapoovu): Decorative Floral designs for Onam Festival

Pookalam for onam

In the state of Kerala, a Hindu festival Onam also called Vamana Jayanthi is celebrated which falls in the months of August-September and lasts for ten days. During this festival, apart from various other arrangements, the courtyards of every household are decorated with Pookalams. Pookalam also known as Athapoovu is a decorative, colorful and complex […]

Thumba is a vital flower in Onam festivity

Form the various varieties of flowers; a specific flower is devoted to god on every specific day of Onam. The few which are commonly used these days are kakka poovu, mukkutii, chemparathy, aripoo, hanuman kireedom, chethi and thumba. Among all these varieties the thumba is gives most privilege due to their small size and glitterness […]

Welcoming Bali with Flowers for Onam

Malayalees celebrate Onam throughout the world and the significant part of this festival is the floral decorations in front of the house, as a welcome feature they extend to Mahabali who is believed to visit them during this period of ten days. Onam being the harvesting period too, is rich with floral resource in the […]

Floral carpet design plays a vital role in Onam

A pookalam design is a floral design just like a rangoli, the only difference being that a rangoli is made with powdered colours whereas a pookalam is made with fresh flowers. Infact, one is not allowed to use powdered colours or plastic flowers in order to make a pookalam. The pookalam design is made early […]