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8 Popular Décor Ideas for Pongal

Posted By ServDharm


Posted on December 19 2022

Pongal is a major festival associated with harvest in South India, especially Tamil Nadu. The festival is celebrated on a grand scale over a period of three to four days. You can decorate your house in various ways to make it bright and cheerful during the festival period. Interestingly, you need not invest in expensive home décor items for this purpose. There are simple décor items that you can consider buying or trying out on your own give your house an elegant and exquisite look.

  1. Painted Pot

It is a well-known fact that the pongal prepared as a part of the festival celebrations is cooked in an earthen pot. One of the simplest décor ideas you can try out is to paint the cooking pot with vibrant colours and patterns of your choice. This décor idea is not only inexpensive but also a great way of opting for a unique décor.

  1. Kolam Designs

You can draw kolams at the entrance of the house using rice flour and include colour powders to make them appear vibrant. The kolams can either be simple or elaborate based on your preference. If you are not adept at drawing a kolam yourself, you can always opt for one or more of the kolam stickers that are readily available in the market.

  1. Sugarcane Décor

No Pongal celebration is complete without sugarcanes. You can use them to create props on either side of the entrance of the main door. The sugarcane sticks can also be used to form a tripod and you can keep a decorated pot on top of or below the tripod.

  1. Kite Craft

With some colour paper, you can put your creative skills to test by making some colourful kites and decorate the rooms of your home. Kite flying is an important part of the Pongal festival. You need not restrict yourself to making just kites alone. Get the whole family involved and create other interesting décor like butterflies, flowers or anything of your choice and string them together like a garland and hang them.

  1. Mango Leaves Thoran

Mango leaves are a symbol of joy and prosperity while the harvest festival is the celebration of prosperity associated with the colour green. This makes using a thoran designed with mango leaves at the main entrance door a perfect and right home décor idea. If you cannot lay your hands on some fresh mango leaves to weave a thoran, you can always check out for a mango leaves thoran made using handmade paper that are available in most home décor stores.

  1. Flower Trails

Flowers are an integral aspect of any celebration, whether it is a festival or not. So, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular options for décor during the Pongal festival. Although there are many choices of flowers, marigold is often the preferred choice. You can use both orange and yellow marigolds and as either single flowers, a garland or strung together. The flowers can be placed anywhere according to your preference like around the pot or hang them from the door or just about anywhere.

  1. Diyas and Lanterns

Lights in any form welcome positivity in the surroundings and dispel darkness in the areas where they are lit. Like flower trails, you can use them anywhere in the house, both indoors and outdoors. For a traditional look, consider lighting up diyas or earthen lamps at various vantage points. You can also light them up in different patterns. Alternatively, if a contemporary appearance is what you desire, you can opt for paper lanterns or floating candles and the like.

  1. Decorated Thalis

If you plan to have or distribute sweets as a part of your Pongal celebrations, buying some decorated thalis is a good idea. You get thalis with both simple and elaborate designs. Give these thalis a personalized touch by winding a string of flowers around the borders of the thali.

The right choice of home décors for Pongal will undoubtedly make your house appear beautiful along with making it sport a festive look. It’s worth opting for a combination of bright and light colour combinations for the decorations. You must also make sure that the colours complement each other. There is no need to fear about having to burn a hole in your pocket when thinking of décor ideas to decorate your home for Pongal. Most items, including the ones mentioned here, are easily affordable and available. You can also made the décor unique by making your own décor items.

The above list is not a complete and comprehensive list of décor ideas for Pongal. There are various other options available that are worth checking out. While you can opt for more than one décor option at a time, it is recommended that you do not overdo the decorations. You must also ensure that the décor items are in sync with one another.


Written by - Deepthi K



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