Rangoli is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali, Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. 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. Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: in Tamil Nadu, 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.

An Indian resident paints a ‘Rangoli’ design in front of her house on the eve of the Hindu festival Makar Sankaranti, in Lankamura village on the outskirts of Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, on January 13, 2014. Makar Sankranti is considered one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar.


2 thoughts on “Rangoli

  1. Reblogged this on Unprimed Canvas and commented:
    I grew up in India, living in various cities from Kolkata to Madras to Mumbai. I remember always taking things like rangoli for granted. It’s interesting how it takes appropriation of your culture to see something ordinary as beautiful

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