Rangoli Preparation for Diwali
In Indian tradition, a rangoli is said to symbolise good luck, so drawing it at the entrance of your home and pooja spot is considered auspicious.
The word rangoli is a hybrid of the words rang (colour) and holi (celebration), so essentially, they are a celebration of colours that embellish the floor during festivals. Rather than use synthetic colours again this Diwali, enthusiasts in the city are trying their hand at creative versions like floating and underwater rangolis. Here's how to achieve these styles.
Wax cubes or candle
- Heat the plate. When hot enough, rub a candle so that a thin layer of wax settles on it. You can also pour molten wax onto the plate.
- Leave the plate until the wax dries.
- Once the wax is dry, make a rangoli pattern of your choice on the layer of wax. Ganpati is a popular design.
- After you are done making the rangoli pattern, reheat the plate and let the rangoli pattern settle down.
- Keep the plate aside.
- As it cools down, pour water in the plate.
Here are A few regional traditional patterns
The Bengali version of rangoli is designed with rice powder paste, which is mixed with either milk or water. It is believed to ward off negativity and is made using circular patterns. With changing times, people also use white paint instead of rice paste, for paint has a longer shelf life.
The name for geometrical line drawings in the form of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots in Tamil Nadu, Kolam is supposed to usher prosperity into one's home. Traditionally, the floor is layered with cow dung to create a contrast and also for its antiseptic properties. It's an eco-friendly option since the rice powder also invites birds and ants to feed on it.