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Flower, flower everywhere and beautiful colors in my hair! As kids, we all sang this kind of funny rhymes, but as we grow up we see these beautiful flowers being used everywhere in our daily life in different forms.  We decorate our homes with beautiful flowers during festivals.

Onam is one of biggest festivals celebrated in our country, especially in Kerala. This festival celebrates the homecoming of Emperor Mahabali who is considered as the Vamun Avatar or Lord Vishnu’s Avatar. The celebration is held in the month of Chingam (August-September) and continues for 10 days. This homecoming is celebrated by various festivities like large community banquet lunches, Onam pookalam (flower rangoli) as well as boat races and many other activities.

 

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10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018Onam is a secular festival. People from all communities and castes, irrespective of their religion, whether they are Hindus, Muslims or Christians, wealthy or the poor, celebrate the festival with the same zest and eagerness.

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10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018According to the Legends, the Asura King Mahabali visits his land and people once every year. And that is the day Keralites all over the world celebrate. Like Ganesh Chaturthi, It is a 10-day festival, the first and the last being the most important ones.

10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018The pookalams in Kerala are just like rangolis but they are not made of colored powders. Instead, the pookalams are created with petals of colorful flowers.

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10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018They come in a variety of designs that reflect different living objects and add to the beauty of your home. Some of the flowers used for pookalam are Thumbapoo, roses, jasmine, and marigold.

10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018The pookalams are usually placed in front of every house as a sign of welcome for the ancient king Mahabali. The king is believed to visit his kingdom, Kerala during Onam to find out whether his subjects are living in happiness and prosperity.

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Rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. It is indeed a treat to be a part of the grand carnival. People of Kerala make elaborate preparations to celebrate it in the best possible manner.

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10 Best Pookalam Designs and facts For Onam 2018The most impressive part of celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine-course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.

Another enchanting feature is Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race, held on the river Pampa. It is a colorful sight to watch the decorated boat oared by hundreds of boatmen amidst chanting of songs and cheering by spectators.

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There is also a tradition to play games, collectively called Onakalikal. Men go in for rigorous sports like Talappanthukali (played with a ball), Ambeyyal (Archery), Kutukutu and combats called Kayyankali and Attakalam. Women indulge in cultural activities. They make intricately designed flower mats called, Pookalam in the front courtyard of the house to welcome King Mahabali. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal are two graceful dances performed by women. Folk performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali add to the zest of celebrations.

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