The festive season is in its full swing at this time in India. People are busy with their preparations, decorating their homes lighting up their homes collecting gifts, preparing snacks etc. This time in India i.e. September, October and November marks the most awaited festive season of the year. The celebrations starts from Ganesh Chaturthi and lasts till Diwali. For many foreigners this is the best time to see India or rather say vibrant India.
Diwali in India is one of the most auspicious festival celebrated across the country as well as in Indian communities around the world. It is literally a blast of celebrations, festivities, food and enthusiasm. It is also popular as festival of lights. The word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’. Houses, shops and streets are decorated with earthenware oil lamps called diyas. It is a festival of sweets, celebrations, decorations, gifting and lighting. The festival of Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Ram with Sita and brother Lakshman after spending 14 years in jungle.
It has now become a tradition to decorate the surroundings, lit earthenware lamps called diyas and make beautiful rangolis. Rangoli is basically a colorful pattern drawn on floors and then filled with either flowers or rangoli powder or colored rice. The rangoli made with flowers is called Pookalam and is very popular in Southern India. The Rangoli made with rice flour is popular in West Bengal now called as Poshchim Bongo. In Maharashtra the rangoli is made using the bright powdered color.
To decorate the entrance and veranda I can not think anything better than rangoli. Colors are an important part of India and Indian culture and tradition. It is one such creative expression which is found in all parts of the country. Used mostly during festivals, Rangoli is an art of making attractive, innovative designs on the entrance of the house – as a symbol of welcoming guest.
The word Rangoli is derived from to the ancient language of sanskrit. The creative expression of art through the use of Rang(Color)’ is ‘Rangoli’. Rangoli is an intricate part of Indian culture and festivals. Throughout the country, it is named differently according to the regional language. In North India, it is called ‘Chowkpurana’ whereas in the South it’s called ‘Kolam’. In West Bengal it is called ‘Alpana’, in Bihar it is ‘Aripana’ and in Rajasthan it is called ‘Madana’.
Now-a-days, it is very simple to make rangolis, even if one is not an expert. Plastic molds with ready made designs are available in all kinds of stores. Designs like motifs, stars, flowers, birds and all kinds are there in all shapes and sizes. One can combine 2 to 3 designs together with the molds and create a Rangoli pretty fast. You only need to put some sand powder over the mold and press it on a floor base.
So next time, you feel like making a Rangoli is too much work, think again. Besides, once you get the hold of making Rangolis, the creativity simply flows in and the designs start taking its own shapes.
Undoubtedly, the vibrant colors and beautiful patterns of rangoli works as an energy booster and freshens up the festive mood.