Rangoli during Diwali | Deepawali | Kolam | Alpana | Mandana – Part 1 of 2

Beautiful Diwali Rangoli depicts an oil lamp

Beautiful Diwali Rangoli depicts an oil lamp

Rangoli is made up of ornamental lines and figures drawn with various powders on the floor, the walls, in front of the house, or in front of the idol of a deity.     -Rev. Kittal


Rangoli is a traditional Indian art form, which is made up of dots and lines, and is created with rice powder, flour, chalk powder, or sand.  It’s an ancient Indian art form that is practiced to celebrate Diwali (Hindu New Year) and other auspicious occasions throughout the Hindu calendar year. In a secular sense, Rangoli is decorative in nature and designed to welcome visitors and guests. In a religious sense, it serves as a metaphor for the Hindu concept of the Impermanence of Life and the Physical World.

The term, Rangoli, originally comes from the Sanskrit words, ranga, which means color, and avali, which means rows or lines. When put together, Rangoli can be translated as the expression of artistic vision through the creative use of color.

Intricate designs are applied onto the ground in front of homes, temples,  and businesses to welcome visitors.   Whole parties are thrown for the auspicious event of creating beautiful, original rangoli design for all to see.

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