Onam, the festival of flowers and tradition is one of the most favourites of the Keralites. Unlike other cultural festivals, Onam is a ten-day-long celebration which was evolved from very old Hindu beliefs. Though it is usually considered as a religious festival, people from different communities despite of religion unanimously celebrate Onam. The ten-day-long festival certainly needs some serious preparations to be done at home. Here are some tips to prepare your home for this Onam. From the very first day, called ‘Atham’ to the final day ‘Thiruvonam’ festivities and flowers make the home joyous along with the gathering of near and dear ones. The first and foremost thing is to keep the surroundings clean. Now, prepare yourself for the other arrangements:
- Pookkalam/ flower carpet: Flower carpet is one of the inevitable elements of Onam celebration. Clean and prepare your courtyard to arrange the flower carpet. Pookkalam is put everyday starting from ‘Atham’ to the ‘Thiruvonam’ day.
- Oonjal/ swing: After pookkalam, it comes swing or oonjal. Make room and sling a swing at your home. Decorate the rope with flowers to make it more attractive.
- Arrange your perfect kitchen: To prepare the long-listed Onam Sadhya (feast), your kitchen needs to be used throughout the day. Clean and arrange everything beforehand for your convenience.
- Clean the premises for games: While cleaning the premises of your house, make some space for Onam games. There are quite a good number of Onam games like uriyadi, tug of war, onathallu etc. are played during the celebration.