Rangoli


Decorating your house for any festival in India, does not stop at just cooking special family meals and dressing up. that is just the beginning. The whole house id cleaned top to bottom and decorated!! There are various ways to do the decorations...diyas, candles, and fairy lights but the most traditional & beautiful way is of making Rangoli.

Rangoli is a traditional decorative folk art of India, made mostly during Hindu festivals typically consisting of bright colors on courtyards and walls. Rangoli is a sanskrit word which means Rang (color) + Aavali (row of colors).

The ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from each generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The patterns are typically created with materials including colored rice, dry flour, (colored) sand or even flower petals. Ornate designs made mostly by the women of the family, are usually drwan by hands but these days there are many stencils available for the modern woman too!

Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: there is Kolam in Tamil Nadu; Mandana in Rajasthan; Chowkpurna in Northern India; Alpana in West Bengal; Aripana in Bihar; Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh; Muggu in Andhra Pradesh and others.

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"...no matter which part of India this traditional art form belongs to, it is a beautiful way of keeping our traditions alive. 

You can see more rangoli patterns at my India pinterest board. 





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2 comments:

  1. what a beautiful culture and religion. i love how people decorate these beautifulRangoli designs into different colors and decorations. Truly lovely. Thanks for sharing those photos.

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    1. @sheila Thank you! Indian culture is full of such wonderful stories… :)

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