Just two days ahead of Kerala’s biggest festival, Onam, the markets can be seen abuzz with people, especially the flower market in Coimbatore, gearing up for the final celebrations of the harvest festival.
According to flower traders in Coimbatore, the flower business is presently in boom, mainly because flowers attach a lot of importance with this Malayalee festival. Onam brings along with it the traditional ‘Pookalam’, which is an intricate and colourful arrangement of flowers laid on floor, which requires large quantity of flowers and creativity to prepare.
The ritual of making the flower mats continues for all ten days of Onam. Basic design is prepared on the first day and the size of a Pookalam is increased by adding more to it on every passing day, hence a massive Pookalam gets ready for the main day of the occasion.
A flower trader in Coimbatore told ANI, “This Onam season we got a bumper flower crop and the sale will continue. Mainly our produce goes to Kerala. The prices have shown a downward trend reducing to Rs 50-60 but last year it went to about 100.”