Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year - Tamil Style

When teaching in Chennai, the capital city of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, I particularly enjoyed walking the streets during main holidays. On such special occasions,  the daily white rice flour kolams rendered by women In front of homes and some businesses were replaced with colorful designs. On particularly important festivities such as Pongal (harvest festival) and weddings, the particularly large kolam might extend well into the road as well. In the photo above we see a woman working on the kolam she made for New Years. 

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