Today is a very special day.
Today is Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival of Lord Ganesha.
Today is also Atham, the day that signifies the beginning of Onam, the most important festival of Keralites. The ten-day countdown to Thiruonam(Sep 2) begins today.

Next Sunday, I travel to Kerala to be part of the celebrations!

By |2018-12-10T15:51:31+00:00August 23rd, 2009|Festival|4 Comments

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  1. AussiePomm August 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    For a bunch of flower petals, it looks AMAZING! And what a wonderful festival season you're having (A very dear friend of mine from Sri Lanka has opend us to so much culture from the regions of India, Sri Lanka and so on, I must visit it one day!)

    Tanya has sent me back this weekend, but don't be surprised if I pop over through the week!!!

  2. Jean August 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    You are very welcome, AussiePomm!

  3. Peg Cherre August 27, 2009 at 1:30 am - Reply

    I never cease to be amazed by the time commitment and attention to detail these artists display.

    I'll look forward to your pix from Kerala.

  4. Jean August 27, 2009 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Peg, this "floral carpet" is something that every Keralite creates patiently during the ten days of Onam. (Perhaps owing to other pressures and commitments, nowadays people reduce it to one day – Thiruonam – which falls this year on Sep 2). The first day the pookalam is quite small, and every day flowers are added till the tenth day, when (as per legend) King Mahabali is believed to arrive to see his citizens!

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