One of the first memories that come to mind when thinking about Onam & the legend on mahabali is that of the flower bed or floral arrangements known as Pookkalam or Athapookkalam. The traditional Ona-pookkalam 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.
Onam Pookkalam is considered as a symbol for secularism. Various kinds of flowers combine together to form a great-looking pookkalam and the size of the Pookkalam grows from Atham to Thiruvonam to reflect those old good days during King Mahabali.
Here is a collection of some amazing Pookkalams powered by Flickr.
It’s a great fun for children in Kerala to make Pookkalam from Atham to Thiruvonam and memories about Pookkalam is an integral part of each Onam Day.