Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Athapoo 2011 Welcome to Onam

Today is Atham (a day in Malayalam calender) and on the tenth day of today is Thiruvonam (Onam).

Athappoo (also called athapoo, athappookkalam, onapookkalam, etc), is certain floral arrangement that people create based on certain athapoo designs. Pookalam designs remained a simple affair for several decades.

Then came athappoo competitions and we started seeing complex athappoo designs.

Children make this athapoo in front of their homes or on the roadsides to welcome Onam. When you see flowers everywhere, you know Onam is at the door.

Dear friends, I wish you smashing Onam celebrations :)

Athapoo -(click on image for larger size)

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