Diwali is a festival of lights. The streets are lit, the homes have been cleaned but have you beautified your homes with rangoli or are you looking for new designs? Well, here they are! A rangoli made with flower petals looks extremely festive and beautiful.
Diwali is celebrated because it was on this day that Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya along with his wife, Sita and brother Laxman after defeating Ravana. The day signifies the victory of good over evil.
It is also a festival which brings out the traditions and rituals of different communities. The women of the house get to spend time with each other, as they make beautiful rangolis.
Every year, people try to come up with innovative ideas for rangolis. A rangoli is usually made up of geometrical structures that are symmetrical. The design patterns which are often used are natural elements like animals, flowers, etc.
In many cases, designs are passed down through generations with some of them being hundreds of years old. Since diyas are an integral part of the festival, many make diyas part of the rangoli too.
A rangoli is usually made outside the house or right at the entrance in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
Decorating a rangoli with earthen pots and diyas is another tradition which a lot of communities follow. It beautifies the rangoli even more.
Making rangoli is a timeless tradition that is followed across the country. It is also known as alpine, aripoma, or kolam.
Rangoli is not just made on Diwali, but also on other festivals like Onam and Pongal. The day after Diwali which is also known as Govardhan Puja is a new year for many communities.
The tradition of rangoli is kept alive as it is passed on from one generation to another generation.
This is another beautiful way of making rangoli. White coloured sand is the only colour which is used to make beautiful geometrical patterns.
One can also use flour, mix it with colours and use it to make an eco-friendly rangoli on Deepavali.
Diwali and rangoli are two names which go hand-in-hand. Rangoli is a coloured pattern which is made on the floor using colours, sand, rice, flowers, flower petals or dry flour. Rangoli graces the homes while sweets grace our tables on the festival of lights. (All pics: AFP)
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