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[Photo Sparks] Onam: celebration and creativity in pookalam floral design!

Madanmohan Rao
5th Sep 2015
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PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In this showcase, we feature some of the brilliant floral designs of the recent Onam festival!

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Onam is one of the most beloved festivals of Kerala, with four state holidays out of the ten days in the harvest festival. It commemorates the Vamana avatara of Lord Vishnu and the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The celebration is marked by the sadya (feast), onakkodi (buying and wearing of new clothes), thiruvathirakali (dance performed by women around a lamp), kummattikali (mask dance) – and pookolam (floral carpet).

The decoration is made up of a wide variety of flowers, florets and petals, depicting scenes from life in Kerala, and is sometimes kept for weeks. (See also my earlier photo essay on creative rangoli art during Diwali.) In this photo feature from Bangalore, we showcase some of the brilliant creativity in pookalam designs, and wish all our readers a happy festive season!

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Got a creative photograph to share? Email us at PhotoSparks@YourStory.com!

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