It's fashionable to have an urali, originally meant as a cooking vessel, to fill it with water and float flowers in it. Here's mine. Usually it's dry, and heaped with used badminton shuttles; on Divali I put flowers and candles in it:

photo by Ramesh Gandhi

Yesterdays The Hindu had an article on uralis, how they're made; and showing a picture of a very old urali from Madurai, which looks exactly like the ones you see today:

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