Rangoli – V


Rangoli is a traditional Indian art of decorating he entrance to a house. 

Rangoli is a timeless tradition that is followed all over India. Rangoli is also known as alpana, aripoma, or kolam. It is an ancient art, practiced by almost all households. In many cases, designs are passed down through generations with some of them being hundreds of years old.

The word ‘rangoli’ is said to have been derived from the words ‘rang’ and ‘aavalli’ which refers to a row of colors. Rangoli designs and colors vary between different regions but they all follow some basic patterns.

A rangoli design usually has a geometric shape, which is supposed to denote the infiniteness of time. The design patterns often consist of natural elements like animals, flowers, etc. Rangoli patterns vary in different Indian states.
No matter the design, some festivals would be incomplete without the traditional rangoli to welcome guests, both divine and human. Rangolis are drawn in households throughout the country. In many cases, the drawing of the rangoli is a family tradition and is a time for togetherness.

Here are some patterns of rangolis:



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