Rangoli is an art, in which patterns are created on the front of the house entrance floor or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry rice flour, colored sand or flower petals. Before starting the Rangoli, initially they spread some water on the floor evenly. Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word “Rangavalli“. There are various names for this art, “Kolam” in Tamil Nadu, “Muggu” in Andhra Pradesh, “Kalam” in Kerala.
The purpose of Rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. It is traditionally done by women. This practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and other similar gatherings.
In my family, my mom, sisters, cousins are very good at this Rangoli, I am kind of exceptional, not an expert like them. We usually put plain color white rice flour Rangoli everyday, on special occasions like Diwali, Pongal, House warming ceremonies, Wedding ceremonies, any special occasion at home, during Margazhi month (auspicious month in Tamil) and Karthigai month ( spiritual month in Tamil), Rangoli’s are done with color powders and flower petals.
There are some specific patterns for specific occasions. But it’s not necessary nowadays, Ancestors were following particular tradition when it comes to Rangoli. Slowly those practices are gone, Young people nowadays are not aware of this. But some patterns and designs are passed from one generation to another. My mom always suggests me to try at-least small and easy design or Rangoli patterns for occasional days.
Here are some of my mom’s and cousin sisters Rangoli’s. Do try at special occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances and gatherings at home and bring the good luck to the Home. 🙂
Enjoy your special occasions with Rangoli and stay happy 🙂
PS: Special thanks to my cousin sisters “Mangai ka” and “Sulo ka” for sharing the pictures. 🙂