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Happy Onam 2017: 15 beautiful pookalams to brighten up the festivities

Make your Onam colourful with these beautiful traditional flower designs.

Malayalis in Kerala and across the world are gearing up to celebrate the harvest festival of the state — Onam. This year, the 10-day festival falls during August 25 to September 6, and celebrations would include the traditional temple visit, onasadhya (the traditional Onam fare) and pookalams (rangolis made of glowers). The fervour and excitement with which the people celebrate is infectious. From children to adults, all come together to make the beautiful designs — also known as aththa-poo — on the floors, made with beautifully arranged flowers. According to legend, everyone's favourite king Mahabali comes visiting on Onam and, hence, the elaborate and intricate flower designs are made to welcome him. Click through to see some beautiful Onam pookalam designs. (Source: beautytipsmart.com)

A pookalam showing the popular snake boat race — a significant part of Onam festivities. (Source: egovtjobalert.in)

With utmost devotion, people make such intricate designs using flowers. (Source: dgreetings.com)

This pookalam has Lord Ganesha in the middle. (Source: fashionlady.in)

Kathakali — an art form identified popularly as one of the traditional dances in Kerala, is shown in this pookalam. (Source: hubpages.com)

This pookalam depicts the story of vamana stomping on the head of king Mahabali. (Source: tourismkerala.blogspot.com)

This pookalam depicts Thiruvathirakali — the traditional Onam dance in the middle. (Source: quotesmessages.net.in)

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