ABOUT RANGOLI -
Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India.Rangoli can be wall art as well as floor art. The term rangoli is derived from words rang (colour) and aavalli ('coloured creepers' or 'row of colours').
'Rangoli' is a sanskrit word which means a creative expression of art through the use of color. In ancient India, rangolis were used to decorate the entrances of homes, a floor-painting which provided a warm and colorful welcome to visitors. In Indian cultures, all guests and visitors occupy a very special place, and a rangoli is an expression of this warm hospitality. In particular, the Diwali festival is widely celebrated with rangolis, since at this time, people visit each other's homes to exchange greetings and sweets.
In ancient times, rangolis were actually decorations made on the entrances and walls of houses to brighten up and add color to occasions being celebrated, like weddings, births and significant religious days. They also signified a warm welcome for visitors. In fact in Maharashtra, India, housewives make them each morning. The designs would be simple and geometrical but could invoke symbolic forms. Oil lamps (diyas) would be placed in the rangoli to give it yet another dimension.
The designs are symbolic and common to the entire country, and can include geometrical patterns, with lines, dots, squares; the swastika, lotus, footprints (supposed to be of goddess Lakshmi), creepers, and animals.These beautiful Rangolis are especially painted at the entrance of all houses during Diwali to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Rangoli also has a religious significance, enhancing the beauty of the surroundings and spreading joy and happiness all around.
Rangoli also has very much importance such as follows :-
- Rangoli is symbol of God's blessings.
- Rangoli is the sign of wealth, joy and prosperity.
- Rangoli expresses the delight of mind.
- Rangoli is a medium to express our feelings.
- Rangoli is sign of success.
- Rangoli is symbol of culture & tradition.
- Colourful architecture is known as rangoli.
- Rangoli makes everyone happy.