Onam Pookalam – Photos of Floral Designs. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookkalam or Athapookalam. The traditional Ona-pookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). In 2016, Onam is on September 14. (We will update Onam Pookkalam 2016 photos as we receive them).
Nowadays many pookkalams concentrate more on the design part and in the process the ten rings are avoided. The pookkalams mainly concentrate on the various cultural aspects of Kerala and on the Onam myth.
Here are pictures of some of the Pookkalams that won first prize in competitions held in Onam 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The aim is to give an idea of the various modern designs used in pookalam, which is a natural rangoli or kolam. The larger image might not be always of high quality.
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