Rangoli Tips and Designs for the Diwali

I wish you all a very Happy Diwali .In this Diwali, I recommend you all to decorate your house with rangoli. It is believed by many that during this season Goddess Lakshmi visits homes that are well lit, so families decorate their homes, people wear their best clothes, children are given presents and New Year greetings are exchanged through visits or Diwali cards. Diwali celebration is done to worship the Goddess Lakshmi to welcome her and pray to her to bring prosperity and wealth to ones house. There are many ways to worship god. Some people prefer to welcome god by the rangoli. The main purpose of making rangoli in diwali is to welcome Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, to individual homes apart from warding off the evil eye.

Rangoli has been originated from Maharashtra. Rangoli is known as Alpana in Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Madana in Rajasthan, Rangoli in Gujarat and Maharashtra, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh and Kolam in South India. Rangoli' is a Sanskrit word which means a creative expression of art through the use of color. The word rangoli may also have come from "rang" (color) + "aavalli" (row), which means row of colors, or from rang+avalli, which means creepers of colors.
Rangoli is the art of drawing images and motifs on the floor and walls of one's home using different color powders. There are several Rangoli designs for Diwali celebration which is mainly designed for the traditional purpose. One can design those Rangoli designs in their country ward.

If you don’t want to make rangoli, then there are rangoli stickers available in the market from which one can decorate as they want. Choose for the best one.

There is a unique relationship between the festival of diwali and rangoli. Diwali is a major festival of India and drawing rangoli on diwali is a part of diwali celebrations.

Tips to make Rangoli designs:

1. You can make rangoli designs with finger using rice powder, crushed lime stone, or colored chalk. They may be topped with grains, pulses, beads, or flowers.

2. The most common rangoli designs start with dots which are connected to form lines and other geometrical shapes such as swastika, aum, stars, squares, circles, triangles etc. These geometrical patterns must be formed in continuous, unbroken lines.

3. It can be of any size, from the size of a doormat, to the covering an entire room. Making Rangoli designs is highly dependent on the preferences and skills of the maker, lines are always drawn on one finger movement and frequently, the mapping of the rangoli is done with the help of dots, which are joined to form a pattern, and then the pattern is filled with colors. 

4. Use flower petals of different colors such as golden marigolds, bright red roses to add that extra dimension to the pattern.

5. One important point is that the entire pattern must be an unbroken line, with no gaps to be left anywhere, for evil spirits are believed to enter through such gaps, if they find one. In an expert hand, the images created are elaborate and look as if they are painted. In India, this art is temporary. 

6. Each rangoli design generally stays for only a day or two as it is often redone as a part of the daily routine. Certain designs are created on special occasions such as weddings and religious festivals like Diwali.

7. It could be decorated either by colored powders or by colored pastes such as painting colors. You can enhance the beauty of your rangoli pattern by adding some decorative pieces to it, such as the lighted diyas, colorful flower petals and leaves, colored rice grains, colorful pulses, and colored sand. You may place a diya at the center of the rangoli.Spaces can be created within the rangoli design to place diyas.

8. Geometrical figures such as circles, triangles, squares, ovals and rectangles dominate. Apart from geometrical figures, images of flowers, their petals, trees and creepers are also drawn. 

9. The common rangoli themes are the holy symbols like mangal kalash, leaves of Ashoka tree, Om, Swastik symbol, a lighted Deepak, Shree, lotus and other flowers, creepers, trees, rising sun, moon, stars, chakra, fish, birds, elephants, dancing figures, trident, human figures and geometrical figures such as circles, semi-circles, curves, triangles, squares, ovals and rectangles. 

10. The footsteps of Goddess Lakshmi entering into the home are designed at the main entrance of the home or near the place of worship, which indicates the entrance of prosperity in the home.

11. In the art of painting on the floor, the central motif is the symbol denoting rangoli divinity or theme. Although the designs vary in different sections of India, the basic approach is common. The designs are geometric and proportionate You can make designs on the topics include lotus, fish, birds, Mangal Kalash, swastika, chakra, a lighted Deepak, Trident, Shree, lotus, etc.

12. The raw materials used to make rangoli are rice flour, vegetables and leaves. Other materials are sand-colored flower petals and even, as in the case of flowers rangolis.

13. Rangoli can be done in two ways – wet and dry.

Here are some designs for making the Rangoli.

Have Safe Diwali.

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Shravya Reddy on July 19, 2017 at 6:24 AM said...

very colorful post! I love these rangoli designs. I learned many of the designs from my mother. They really reflect or beautiful culture. Thanks for providing them.

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