Dalls displayed in Bommai Kolu
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh.
is traditionally a women's festival
Tamilians celebrate during Dasshera. Every year, a series of steps is set up
and kolu bommai or dolls
are displayed. These dolls typically depict
gods or village scenes and weddings. A kolu can be as simple or as elaborate
as one likes. The woman of the house invites other women to come inspect the
kolu, eat a few snacks, exchange a little gossip and go home with a couple
of small goodies.
During this time, the girls and women make rounds from house to house
during those nine days of Navrathri. Sundal
is a delicious
confection made from bean sprouts
traditionally served at kolu. Women set up decorated planks in a corner and
place on it all the dolls in the house. This beautiful clay figurines of
gods and goddesses are worshipped during Navaratri, viewing art as Divinity.
Women traditionally exchange gifts of coconuts, clothes and sweets.