Kolam - Pondicherry

The ancient Pongal festival takes place in mid January. For four days at dawn the women of the family make intricate patterns with highly coloured rice powder at their threshold to bestow prosperity to the house. Sometimes, almost in moments, the artwork is destroyed by a passing bicycle or motorbike and within an hour it has gone. The poorest part of Pondicherry has one of the most extensive kolam displays at this time.