Simple things brings happiness

Life is not always best but it is not bad because day by day it is getting interesting by finding new happiness or by nostalgia.This picture makes me to remember the olden days.Most of the times, real happiness not comes from big things;it comes from the simple things.For me one such thing is Kolam.

Kolam is a kind of South Indian art form of floor painting drawn by rice powder in olden days and using chalk powder now a days.I learnt it and became a half-perfectionist at the age of 10.In the month of December and January,most of the houses in TamilNadu will be decorated with kolam after waxing the floor with cow dung.Lot of special occasions will happen in the month of Margali [mid-December to Mid-January].There are lot of ways to draw a kolam [Rangoli,pullikolam,nelikolam etc].I asked my dad why we should we get up early decorate our houses with kolams particularly at the month of Margali using rice powder.

Rangoli

Rangoli kolam->Pongal festival

The answer I got from my father was “It will be very difficult for the ants to go far to collect the food in winter so that’s why we are using rice powder”.People also write welcome messages and it is a sign to welcome people to the house.I used to draw in front of the house using rice powder in my childhood.My mom always wish to make a big colourful kolam in front of our house during Pongal festival every year.When I look at this picture which is taken long back,it brings back the memories oflot of things.Drawing a kolam before sunrise is a tradition.I always end up getting up late and try to showcase my skills at least before noon.

One of my neighbors always tell me that drawing kolam is like solving a mathematics problem.Yes!If we miss out our concentration, there will be chaos in joining the dots and we will fail to make out a desired pattern.But the regrettable thing is it is in the list of one of the disappearing traditions in Tamilnadu.When I finish it perfectly the way I like,it brings utmost pleasure even though it’s a simple thing.I always want to make the big kolam every year.Expecting January soon in Calendar.

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  1. Pretty Kolam Praveena 🙂 I’m not very good at Kolam. I just go for the colouring part (which is very easy 😉 ) ..You are right, indeed Kolam needs a skillful hand … 🙂

    • ha ha.It’s easy but coloring part needs skill too.Thank you Vandana for the visit and comment.

  2. That is a beautiful Kolam! Can you draw one as well? 🙂

  3. Gorgeous medallion! What a lovely tradition. May you continue to keep it alive, Praveena. Love your conversation with your father.

  4. prayingforoneday

    I love this part of the internet, learning new cultures and ways..

    Loved it..

  5. Praveena, you’ve a great blog. Oh! neenga tamizh illa, its all over the blog 🙂 Kolam pathi romba azhaga explain pannirkinga 🙂 Super like!!!

  6. Praveena, beautiful tradition! lovely art work! most of all, I love the comment of your father—that he invites us to care for the little ant and its hungry mouth…great respect for all of life…May you and all generations that follow continue the love tradition…it delightful!

    • Thank you so much.I admired after hearing the reason for following this tradition.It’s our duty to preserve this lovely tradition 🙂

  7. Kolam looks beautiful 🙂

  8. Sonel

    Absolutely gorgeous Praveena. Love it! 🙂

  9. That is just beautiful. A priceless treausure to keep always. simple happiness are the ones that last forever.

  10. I do it too but just once a year..on Diwali..though time taking but I love the outcome..
    Your effort looks good too 🙂

  11. can’t believe Summer ended this weekend. Good thing we have the many colors and joy of this season in our memories. Festivals and seasons are meant to be relive, celebrated again and again. They bring a smile to our days when we needed it the most. Have a great weekend.

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