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Do It Yourself: The Traditional, Colourful, Indian Floor Art Rangoli

Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art, culture and traditions. As a writer, she wants to spread information about Indian culture.

Rangoli made with coloured sand

Rangoli made with coloured sand

Rangolis are also drawn to welcome guests

Rangolis are also drawn to welcome guests

What is a Rangoli

Rangolis are colourful, decorative designs, drawn on the floor. It is an integral part of the Indian culture and tradition.

Rangolis are made on auspicious occasions, such as weddings and festivals, especially Diwali. Rangolis can be made with colourful sand, flowers, rice flour, turmeric powder and other materials, varying according to different parts of India.

Flower Rangoli

Flower Rangoli

Flower Rangoli with earthen lamp at the centre

Flower Rangoli with earthen lamp at the centre

Colourful Rangoli: A cultural tradition of India

India is a country, which loves colours--bright, vibrant and full of life.

India is a multilingual and multicultural country. Despite so much diversity, one thing is common---the spirit and enthusiasm towards life. The Indians celebrate each and every moment of life, and do it in a grand and colourful way.

The enthusiasm to celebrate every small pleasure, with folk songs, dances and festivals. There might be variation, depending upon the terrain and the availability of resources.

The Rangoli is a traditional folk art of India and is created beautifully, on the floor of homes or courtyards.

  • Basically these are bright colourful patterns and designs, which can be made with colourful wheat flour, colourful rice powder, turmeric powder, vermillon, fresh flowers or flower petals. But nowadays even chemical colours are used to make Rangoli designs.
  • It is a skill, which is passed on, from one generation to the other.
  • You can see small Rangolis and very big ones too. The big ones are generally made with many people participating in the drawing of the Rangolis.

The purpose of making Rangolis:

  • The main purpose of making the Rangolis is to bring good luck and prosperity, to the members of the family.
  • This is the reason, why in many homes, the Rangolis are made early in the morning, before leaving home for the job or any other work, which you want to be successfully completed.
  • The Rangoli, of course has cultural and religious significance attached to it, as well. Before starting the daily prayers, the Rangolis are made to welcome the Gods and seek their blessings.
  • It is generally made by the lady of the house or the young girls, and this is considered auspicious.
  • In many homes, especially in Southern India, the Rangolis are made everyday, and not just on special occasions.
  • Marriage ceremonies, special occasions, and festivals like Deepavali cannot be complete without making colourful Rangoli.
The Festival of Lights, Diwali is incomplete without Rangoli art.

The Festival of Lights, Diwali is incomplete without Rangoli art.

How to make Rangoli with Rice powder, Colourful powder, Turmeric powder, Flowers

1. Rangolis Made With Turmeric Powder Or Vermilion:

For festivals, weddings and religious purposes, turmeric or 'haldi' powder and vermilion or sindoor is used to make Rangolis.

Simple designs or religious symbols, such as the 'Swastika', the 'Fish', the 'Sun', the 'Moon', the 'Stars', the 'Lotus', the 'Om'symbol etc. are made, either on the floors or on the walls.

Drawing elephants, fish, peacock, birds is considered auspicious. Therefore, these are also drawn by Rangoli makers.

When a wedding is to take place, or a child is born, and even to welcome the new bride or the bridegroom, these auspicious Rangolis are drawn.

2. Rice Powder Rangolis, also known as ‘Alpana’ in some regions of India:

These Rangolis need a little bit of preparation.

Soak half cup of rice in water. After the rice has absorbed the water, drain the water and let it dry for some time. You can even dry it on a tissue paper, if you do not want to wait.

Grind the rice, with the help of a food processor and your Rangoli or Alpana powder is ready.

You can mix some water, if you want to make a wet rice powder Rangoli or dry as per your choice.

Make beautiful designs, with the help of the rice powder.

3. Flower Rangolis:


This kind of Rangoli, as the name suggests is made with flowers.

You may choose different contrasting colours to make a beautiful Rangoli---Bright yellow, red, white, purple, in flowers such as Marigold, Rose, Jasmine, look great.

After making the Rangolis, on the surface of a cup of water, in a flat plate, you must keep sprinkling water as required, to keep the flowers fresh and the Rangoli beautiful. Just as you would do with a flower bouquet in a flower vase.

4. Colouful Powder of Rangoli:

This is the most common one and does not require much preparation. You can get the sand colours at the market and there are lot of colours to choose from.

Just draw a design of your choice and fill in the colours.

Basically Rangoli designs are geometrical patterns. But you do not need your geometrical tools to draw it.

Flower Rangoli

Flower Rangoli

How to draw Rangolis on the floor?

  • Making Rangoli designs is very easy. Initially you may find it difficult to draw a design. But those who know a little bit of drawing can do it.
  • The basic trick is that, you just have to draw several dots symmetrically and then join them in beautiful shapes of your choice.
  • Finally, fill in the colours carefully, so that there is no overlapping, and there is clear demarcation among different colours.
  • It is matter of practice, to perfection.
  • To start with, one can make small designs, before trying the big or the difficult ones.
  • There is no limit to the imagination. People make incredible designs, and drawings, and filling of the colours is so much fun. Because the real enthusiasm lies in getting together with family and friends.
  • After all, that is the whole purpose of festivals---to bring happiness and harmony.

The colourful Rangolis truly represent the culture, tradition and diversity of India, The joy of creating beautiful, colourful designs on the floor brightens up the lives of the people.

Easy Rangoli designs, source: YouTube

Flower Rangoli, source: You tube

Colored powder Rangoli, source: You tube

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 14, 2017:

Thanks Nithya for revisiting this hub about Rangolis!

Truly appreciated!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 14, 2017:

Came back to read and admire the beauty of rangolis, thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2016:

Thank you Shampa for all those appreciative and kind words!

I am glad you liked this hub about Rangoli. I am very much aware about the Bengali culture and the most beautiful 'Alpana' designs they make. I have many Bengali friends and some Bengali relatives too.

Rangoli art has almost become universal in India and it is made everywhere. I have had the privilege of living in many parts of India and thus learnt a lot from everywhere.

Thanks again for your lovely comments!

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on October 28, 2016:

Thank you for sharing this article on Fb as I have missed reading it earlier. There is nothing special to write about your writing as it is wonderful as always. Although I do not draw, paint or make rangoli anymore, still a big admirer of this form of fine arts. Bengalis give 'alpona' with white rice powder paste but nowadays many also opt for colored one, dry or wet, even one made with flowers is getting popular too. To be very specific, during religious festivals preferably at the place of kalash sthapana alpona is made. Once again a very good write-up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 27, 2016:

Thank you MarleneB for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

Your question is valid and not insensitive at all.

Rangoli is symbolic of the fact that 'all good or beautiful things come to an end.'

Just as the flowers give the message about life-- Live it, Love it, Appreciate it but do not get too much attached or addicted to it.

Man is Mortal and whosoever accepts and understands this reality of life, will always remain calm and peaceful in any situation, favourable or not so favourable.

In South India Rangoli is created each morning and not only on Diwali or festivals. When the new one has to be made the previous one is erased or wiped out.

During Diwali however People prefer to keep it for at least one week. If it is spoilt it can be redrawn as the ritual is to make it temporary.

Thank you and I hope I satisfied your curiosity.

Have a lovely day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 27, 2016:

Thank you Suzette for your kind comments!

Yes indeed they look beautiful and it is fun and so enjoyable when the entire family gathers to create these auspicious Rangoli designs.

Turmeric is considered very auspicious and it is a must for festivals or wedding rituals. Same is true for rice or rice powder too.

Thank you for your visit and positive comments!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 27, 2016:

I saw a video of a lady making one of these and it was beautiful. At the time, I did not know the significance of it. Now that I know, it is even more beautiful. And, I hope I don't sound insensitive, but, what happens to the artwork when the flowers die or when the design is disturbed, by say... mother nature. Or, for the people who create Rangolis each morning? I think after a few days, one would run out of space to create a fresh new one without destroying the previous one. Is there a ritual for replacing the art? Oh, how I hope this is not a thoughtless question.

suzettenaples on October 27, 2016:

This is really a beautiful art to have in your home. The designs are lovely. I was surprised to see that termeric and rice powder are used to create these. What a creative art to add to your home. Love the different designs!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 25, 2016:

Namaste Deborah Demander!

Thank you for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub. I am pleased to learn that you liked this traditional art of India.

Have a good day!

Deborah Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on July 25, 2016:

Thank you for sharing these beautiful and significant works of art. They are gifts from the heart.

Namaste

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 08, 2016:

Thank you Vikas Arora ji, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

Glad you liked it!

Vikas Arora from India on January 07, 2016:

Really beautiful collection and rangoli collection. We must apply in all the occasion.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 31, 2015:

Thank you Shankar ji, for your visit and appreciation!

Glad you liked it!

Shankar on July 31, 2015:

They all are very beautiful..

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thank you janshares, for your kind visit and wonderful comments!

I am glad that you liked this folk art of India. Much appreciated!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your visit and appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thank you Suzette Walker, for reading and commenting!

I am glad that you liked this hub and you are right that Indians in general are attracted towards vibrant colors.

Regarding 'Swastika', it is considered an auspicious symbol, since many centuries ago, in fact since ages.

In fact it is a Sanskrit word, which means, Sun, life, good luck, power, strength and considered auspicious.

I am aware that Hitler used this symbol, for whatever reasons and thus there is a lot of confusion over this symbol in most Western countries. But I have also read that Hitler used the symbol of Swastika in its reverse shape. God knows what it meant for him.

But in most Asian countries, it is still considered an auspicious symbol.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thank you Audrey Hunt, for your beautiful comments!

I am glad to know that you liked this Indian tradition. Getting involved in Rangoli making is a rejuvenating experience. And having so many happy people around, has a very positive impact on the senses.

Have a good day and thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thank you Audrey Hunt, for your beautiful comments!

I am glad to know that you liked this Indian tradition. Getting involved in Rangoli making is a rejuvenating experience. And having so many happy people around, has a very positive impact on the senses.

Have a good day and thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2014:

Thanks Paula, for your visit and comments!

You are right that they resemble Mandalas. But Mandalas are drawn with geometric precision according to set spiritual rules. In Rangolis, you have the liberty of drawing any beautiful shape/ size/ color you wish.

Thanks again!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on October 21, 2014:

Thank you for sharing such a rich part of the Indian culture, Chitrangada. These Rangoli are gorgeous. I had never seen nor heard of such. This is a well-done and informative hub. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 21, 2014:

These are beautiful--and so diverse!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 21, 2014:

I have never heard of these until reading your article. These are beautiful and I have noticed that Indians do like bright and intense colors in clothing and homes etc. These designs are beautiful and your instructions are easy to follow as is the video. One thing that concerned me - swastikas as a design? I associate those with Adolf Hitler, WWII and the Holocaust. Does that word have a different meaning in the Indian culture. I would not want to see a swastika. Besides that, this is a beautiful hub.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 21, 2014:

Oh, what beautiful colors! I love this tradition you have in India. The patterns and designs make me feel beautiful and bring me peace. Thank you and will share. - Peace to you - Audrey

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 21, 2014:

This sounds a little bit like Mandalas. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 21, 2014:

Thank you Nithya!

Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Happy Deepawali!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 20, 2014:

I love rangolis, they are so beautiful. The rangoli photos are great.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2014:

Hi Nidhi!

Thanks for your kind visit and comments! You can make Rangoli designs on canvas too and oil paint them. The above mentioned designs are for temporary decoration and have to be made on the floor. If you want to make on your wall, you will have to use permanent colors.

Thank you!

Nidhi on August 26, 2014:

Hi Chitrangada, Can you make rangoli designs on a canvas also?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2014:

Thank you MJennifer, for your wonderful comments!

Very valuable interpretation that just as 'Man is mortal' and 'all good things come to an end'--these colorful designs are symbolic of that.

We must live happily with the present and enjoy the beauty of today!

Thank you so much for your insightful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2014:

Thank you Peggy W, for such beautiful words of appreciation of this article!

I am so glad to learn that you liked this art form. Yes, the flower Rangolis are heavenly fragrant. All this does require planning, preparation and practice, but when one looks at the final result, its worth all the effort.

Many thanks for such a generous share on HP, Google+ and twitter!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2014:

Thank you Daisy, for your kind words of appreciation!

I am so pleased that you liked this hub. Rangolis are easy to make and no doubt give us the joy of creation. Me and my daughter had so much fun creating all these colorful designs.

Thank you so much for sharing it so generously on HP, Google+ and twitter!

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on July 02, 2014:

What a lovely tradition, Chitrangada! I love that the rangoli is beautiful but impermanent -- so symbolic of life passages. That really reflects such a cultural difference from my own, where we seem to attach such a need for permanence (and thus a sense of ownership) rather than enjoying the beauty of the day and then letting it go.

I really enjoyed this.

Best -- Mj

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2014:

How very interesting that this is done daily by many people! The designs are beautiful and must take lots of practice to make them look so perfect. I can just imagine how beautiful and fragrant one made with all flowers must be! I saw this from Daisy's share on G+. Will also share on G+, twitter and on HP.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on July 02, 2014:

Chitrangada,

What a fascinating article! I love reading Hubs from which I learn something new. I'm tweeting this article, posting the link on Google+, and sharing it with my HubPages followers.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 30, 2014:

Thanks goodnews11, for your visit and comments!

Glad you liked this hub. My neighbor is a Tamilian and it is beautiful to see her make wonderful rice powder designs, in front of her door, early in the morning.

Thanks again for your positive comments!

OSBERT JOEL C from CHENNAI on May 30, 2014:

You have done a great job.. This hub reflects the tradition of our Nation. Here in Tamil Nadu people use to make rangoli in front of their houses every morning using rice power...

Well done!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 03, 2014:

Hi Shreya!

Thanks for visiting this page! But I am afraid, I can not add your picture on this page. If I am not mistaken, you are not a member of HP.

Thanks anyway for your enthusiasm and I am sure your Rangoli must be beautiful. Thanks!

Shreya Garg on January 03, 2014:

hi, i wanted to add my rangoli...plss help me

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 22, 2013:

Thanks poetryman6969, for your visit and comments!

poetryman6969 on December 22, 2013:

some lovely designs and colors!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2013:

Thanks Fiona Jean Mckay, for visiting this hub and your appreciative comments!

I am sure you can make them with just a little bit of practice. If you face any problem, I would be so glad to help.

Thanks and have a good day!

Fiona from South Africa on December 20, 2013:

These are really lovely - thank you for including the instructions for making the rice powder. I would love to try to make one of these but am not sure I would be able to.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 18, 2013:

Thanks CraftytotheCore, for visiting this hub and your appreciation!

Yes these beautiful patterns can be made with flour and are easily mastered with practice.

Thanks for your lovely comments!

CraftytotheCore on December 18, 2013:

These are so beautiful. I find it amazing that these can be made from flour. They are so lovely.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 13, 2013:

Thanks loveofnight, for reading this hub and your positive comments!

I am sure you will make wonderful Rangolis and spread happiness.

Thanks for your lovely comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 13, 2013:

Hi Dolores Monet!

Many thanks for visiting this hub and your kind words of appreciation!

Yes, it is wonderful to create these wonderful colourful designs and my daughter enjoys doing it. This no doubt spreads positivity and happiness.

Thanks for your lovely comments and support!

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on November 13, 2013:

i love this, i had never heard of this art form before but i definitely am intending to try it. thank you for such a useful hub.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 12, 2013:

So beautiful! It must be wonderful to make this colorful art along with your daughter. And the both of you making Rangoli to share with guests and neighbors - you are creating such happiness!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 11, 2013:

Hi lindajot!

Thanks for reading this hub and your kind comments! I am pleased with your appreciation of the Indian culture. These designs are temporary by choice but you can make them permanent if you like. If drawn with oil paint or enamel paint, it stays like one draws it. But the general tradition is to make it temporary with ingredients mentioned above. We take care, so that it does not get spoilt soon, by avoiding to step on it.

Thanks again!

lindajot from Willamette Valley - Oregon on November 10, 2013:

Really enjoyed this hub! I love to read about other cultures, and India sounds amazing. I'm wondering if these designs are temporary, and how long do they last?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 23, 2013:

Hi Devika!

Thanks for your kind visit and positive comments. Its always a pleasure to have your feedback.

Thanks again!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 23, 2013:

Colorful RANGOLI : A Traditional Indian Art-How To Make Colorful Designs very beautiful and you always good to read another awesome hub fromyou

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 22, 2013:

Thanks midget38, for visiting this hub and your appreciation!

Yes, you are right Rangoli making is fun and if lot of people participate, the fun only multiplies.

Thanks!

midget38 on September 22, 2013:

Got my students to make Rangoli once and we had a lot of fun. A great hub, Sharan!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 17, 2013:

Thanks sky2day, for your interest and such nice words of appreciation!

This is such a nice gesture on your part that you are planning to make Rangolis on the auspicious occasion of your grandson' s birthday. My best wishes to you and your grandson in advance.

Thank you once again!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on August 16, 2013:

Precious woman. Oh I see. Thanks so much. I am going to make a rangoli for my grandsons birthday party in September. It looks like great fun to make one and then to share with others. Better yet everyone at the party could help make it. Well I have time to think on it. Thank you so much for sharing. Love n Hugs, Skye

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 16, 2013:

Hi sky2day!

So nice to see you here! I appreciate your visit and valuable comments.

Normally, no glue is put before making the Rangolis. People try not to step on it and it stays like it was made, until one wants to remove it or sweep it off. During Diwali-the festival of lights, it is kept for as long as the guests keep on visiting, which can happen for as long as a week. If it is spoilt due to some movement, it can be easily touched up or remade. People enjoy making Rangolis, especially during festivals.

Another way is to surround it with flower pots etc. so that children do not step over it by chance.

Thanks for your support, votes and interest!

Have a good day!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on August 16, 2013:

Hello dear and precious Chitrangada. This is a beautiful hub. I love how you laid out the steps. Easy to follow. I think this would be so fun to do at a birthday party or as you mentioned any celebration. I am wondering if you wanted it to stay put would you put down glue so the sand stays? I did not see that in the hub. Do you all save yours or after the celebration sweep up sand? Love n Hugs to you in India. Skye

voted up girl awesome

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 10, 2013:

Thanks howcurecancer, for visiting and appreciating!

Elena@LessIsHealthy on August 09, 2013:

Wow! Never seen this kind of art. Beautiful!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2013:

Thanks Writer Fox, for stopping by!

Glad you liked and enjoyed it!

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on August 02, 2013:

What beautiful folk art! I have never seen this before. Enjoyed.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 26, 2013:

Thanks Rose, for stopping by! Your comments about Indian culture touched my heart.

I am glad that you liked the hub. Thanks for voting up!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 25, 2013:

The Indian culture s so incredibly rich in so many aspects. The Rangoli art is spectacular in both beauty and symbolism. Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us. (Voted Up) -Rose

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 25, 2013:

Thanks Sunil, for stopping by and your support!

I am glad you liked this little effort of mine to showcase some aspects of our great culture. I will follow your advice of writing more such hubs about our vast cultural heritage.

Thanks!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on July 25, 2013:

Simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing the rich heritage of our great nation. Keep up the spirit. Write more to showcase the magnificent features of Incredible India. Best of luck.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2013:

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals, for stopping by and your words of appreciation! I am so glad you liked it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2013:

Thanks Dim Flaxenwick, for reading the hub!

I am so pleased to read your lovely comments, especially about India. So nice to know that you have visited India 4 times.

We Indians indeed love colors, in clothes, in food, in festivals and almost everything. Glad you liked the pictures.I have many more pictures of Rangolis, made by my daughter during Diwali festival.

Many thanks for voting up so generously and all that appreciation!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2013:

Beautiful patterns and colors. I would love to try it.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on July 22, 2013:

What a fantastic hub!!!!!!.

The pictures too, are stunning.

I have visited India 4 times and each time l don't want to leave,. The first thing that hit me was the colour everywhere. Colour in the streets , so different from grey, grim Britain.

l knew nothing of Rangolis until now. it is fascinating. I had to vote up and press all the buttons except funny.

beautiful work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2013:

Thanks pinto2011, for reading and appreciating the hub!

I am glad, you liked my little effort to familiarize people with our vast and great tradition.

Thanks!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2013:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan! Very well written hub on our tradition. You have really displayed the essence of our festivities and how through these activities we make our life colorful and enjoyable.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2013:

Thanks Nell, for your visit and comments! So nice to see you here and thanks for voting up and sharing!

Nell Rose from England on July 16, 2013:

These are so beautiful, and the meanings behind them are fascinating to read, voted up and shared! nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 14, 2013:

Thanks Seeker7, for reading and commenting! It's a pleasure to see you here. I am so glad you liked this hub. I appreciate your lovely comments!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on July 12, 2013:

Oh what a beautiful hub this is - I love these wonderful designs and colours! I think what also adds to their beauty and energy is the meanings and thoughts that go into the Rangolis while they're being made.

A fascinating and beautiful hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks suzzycue, for your visit and appreciation!

I am glad you liked this art form of India. And yes, Rangolis are made for a purpose. They are made to welcome Gods and your guests. It truly brings positivity, happiness, prosperity and good luck. The joy is even more, if it is made with all the family sitting together to make it. I enjoy making them along with my daughter.

Thanks and so nice to see you again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks Lavender Jade, for your visit and appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Thanks zanaworld, for your visit and valuable comments!

You are right Rangolis set the festive mood. And there is no limit, how many beautiful rangolis can be made and are made in different parts of India---each one delightful to look at. I have lived at different locations in India and I am familiar with the magic. I enjoy making them along with my daughter.

Many thanks for your appreciation!

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2013:

It is great you showed me an Indian art and culture to enhance life style. I love it. These are so beautiful and they have meanings. See you learn something new every day on Hubpages. Well done ChitrangadaSharan.

Lavender Jade from Derbyshire on July 10, 2013:

These are beautiful, really enjoyed reading this hub

SA Shameel from Bangalore on July 10, 2013:

Rangolis are one of the delight sights - specially in front of a house. During Onam, one of our neighbor would make beautiful and colorful rangolis in their house. It is wonderful and a delight to look at.

Thanks for wonderful and very interesting hubpage on Rangoli.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2013:

Hi mylindaelliott!

Thank you so much for visiting this hub and your words of appreciation.

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on July 06, 2013:

I hadn't heard of these. They are so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 05, 2013:

Thanks jabelufiroz, for reading and commenting! Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 05, 2013:

Thanks anndango, for your visit and words of appreciation!

Firoz from India on July 05, 2013:

Great hub on colours. Voted up and beautiful.

anndango on July 05, 2013:

These are beautiful - the colours and designs! Thanks for sharing this beautiful art form.

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