Diwali traditions: rangoli

Diwali is a beautiful festival, known as the festival of lights, with Hindu origins, but celebrated throughout the country, and Hindus and Sikhs worldwide. It celebrates the win of good over evil. Diyas and rangolis are characteristic to this festival, as are sweets such as mithai and other food goodies such as faral. It’s a beautiful time of the year in India and abroad, in Indian communities worldwide. Families decorate their homes to welcome the Goddess Laxmi into their homes, and take her blessing prior to the start of the New Year (padwa).

This post is a part of my series on Diwali, sharing some simple yet traditional DIY tips to prepare your home, your meals, and your self for Diwali.

Rangoli – a design made with coloured powders (usually rice flour) to decorate the floor of a home or temple for various Indian festivals. Make your own rangoli stencil and use it to make a lovely repeatable design on the floor.

Check out these beautiful designs for inspiration…

Rangoli, retrieved from HappyDiwaliSMS.org
Rangoli, retrieved from HappyDiwaliSMS.org
Rangoli, retrieved from Commons.WikiMedia.org
Rangoli, retrieved from Commons.WikiMedia.org
Rangoli, retrieved from TPEvent.com
Rangoli, retrieved from TPEvent.com
Rangoli, retrieved from HomeMakeover.in
Rangoli, retrieved from HomeMakeover.in

Happy decorating!

Yours Truly, AJ

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