Rangoli is the traditional art of decorating courtyards and walls of Indian houses, places of worship and sometimes eating-places as well. It is also known as Alpana, Kolam etc .The ingredients used to draw rangolis are white stone, lime, rice flour and other paste.
The tradition of Rangolis
Rangoli is used from the early days as an expression of warm
hospitality.People uused to beautify their houses with colourful
rangolis.The tradition is still popular. In particular, the Diwali
festival is widely celebrated with rangolis.It is used in Diwali
Significance of Rangolis Rangolis are a symbol of
auspiciousness. It is believed that during Laxmi Puja, the Goddess
Laxmi actually enters the household .The geometrical patterns &
designs applied with rice flour at the entrance to a home, invites
Goddess lakshmi into the household, and drives away the evil
spirits. It is also created to please her, in the hope that she may
bless the house and to ensure that she stays for the full year.
The other reason for using rice flour is that we are providing food
for the ants & other small insects. Diwali is also a time when
friends and relatives visit each other's houses. So rangolis are
also used to give them a warm welcome.
Powdered colors are used on cleaned floors to form decorations. The
powder primarily consisting of rice flour is ground very fine. In
these days finely ground white stone powder is used, for this is
easier to apply & also the rangolis are brighter & well
finished. Even if ground stone powder is used, one could mix rice
flour in it. The powder is usually applied 'freehand' by letting it
run from the gap formed by pinching the thumb and the forefinger.
Rangolis can be vivid, three-dimensional art complete with shadings
or they can be the traditional plain, yet as beautiful as,