This is what wikipedia has to say about Onam ( and me too .. LoL )
"Onam is an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the south Indian state of Kerala.
It is a popular festival among the cultural repertoire of Malayalees, and falls during the month of Chingam (August-September as per the Gregorian-calendar), the first month of the Malayalam Calendar and lasts for ten days.
During Onam, people create a multi-coloured floral decoration on the ground in the front of their home called pookkalam. Young children especially girls are often entrusted with the task of gathering and laying out the flowers in elaborate patterns."
Though,being in a city like Bangalore,away from our home state of Kerala,we managed to celebrate Onam in our own special way.Here are a couple of pics of some of the floral decorations (Pookkalam)we made.Infact there should be ten photos,but blogger is troublesome when it comes to uploading pictures. So I've to think twice before uploading any.
The top one is today's .It should be grander than this,but for that one needs more members at home to help especially children.By the way,this one lasted only for a couple of hours.My daughter managed to redo it in her own way after some time.The second pic was the one we did a few days back.
If you are interested you can read about the Onam and the stories associated with it at