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Preparing A Pookalam

As I took breakfast this morning Dalila, my wonderful cook, and Anu, my ever-cheerful houseboy, sat in the kitchen, separating flower petals.

We are now in the midst of Onam – Kerala’s biggest festival – a time celebrated by everyone: Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike.

Part of Onam’s tradition is the making of a “pookalam”: a small carpet of flower petals to welcome the return of a semi-mythical Kerala king whose reign, much like England’s King Arthur, was a time of peace, justice and chivalry.

Once they had taken breakfast Anu, with the help of Stefan – Dalila’s youngest son – spent the rest of the morning creating an Onam pookalam in our hall.



6 responses

  1. Zooperson

    What a lovely way to celebrate and made better because it is all together

    August 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

    • It’s very much a community celebration – and also one that provides many shopping opportunities!

      August 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  2. Toffeeapple

    What a beautiful thing to do. Snake boat races too, do you attend?

    August 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • No, I’ver never been to the races.

      They are held only one hour’s drive from here but the very large crowds deter me..

      August 30, 2012 at 6:23 am

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