What is Rangoli ? Best Diwali Rangoli Designs 2017

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Diwali a festival of lights and decorations, you lit your house everything is aroused. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of the Hindus, preparations for this start a month before the festival date. Cleaning your house, making sweets and buying new clothes, Diwali is not only about having new clothes and things but it is more over bringing a new hope to the life.

Forgiveness and love, to unite and celebrate is the main message this Diwali has to give us.

Well ,for each one Diwali has their own thing , for Kids it is about vacation and bursting crackers. For Business men it’s about huge business, Money and laxmi that comes every year to reside. For Employees it’s about getting their yearly bonus. Diwali as a festival has different things in store for everyone it brings happiness to each and everyone right from child to the adults. It’s not only festivals of hindu’s but is also celebrated with the same joy pomp and glory by other religion people.

The festival of Diwali is celebrated for 5 days with the same joy and Rangoli being an integral part of it.

The first day is of Dhanteras followed by Roop chaudas, the third day is the main Diwali and the fourth day is full of variations, people in different part of India celebrates it differently some take it as Bestu baras and some as Govardhan Pooja.

But the unique part of this is that the rangoli remains constant, you celebrate any day, the tradition of drawing rangoli is there in everything. Rangoli is full of colors which depict that they are trying to welcome to our house with full of love and affection.

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What is Rangoli ? What is Background of Rangoli ?

The word Rangoli is derived from Sanskrit word “Rangavalli” is an art which precedes painting and sculpture. The purpose of rangoli is decoration whose purpose is to bring good luck to the house. It’s drawn in various shapes sizes forms using different colors pictures as per one’s own will and capability of doing it. The base material used for making Rangoli is usually dry or wet powdered rice, dry flour, to which sindoor, haldi(turmeric) and other natural colours are added Chemical colors are a modern variation.

Other materials include colored sand, red brick powder and even flowers and petals depending what kind of rangoli one wishes to make. Generally and traditionally a Rangoli is prepared by the women of the house in front of one’s main door and in the entrance of the house depending on the space available. Rangoli is considered to be sign of beauty and spirituality and form a prime necessity of any ritual including Diwali. Books for rangoli design can be bought from the market; there are various apps that help in the same apart from online images being available.

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Some people prefer changing it all the five days and having different design each day or as design that’s relevant to the 5 days while some keep the same for all 5 days. Generally people come out of their houses in the evening together from al the houses and sit together and make it. Youth and children both participate in rangoli making competition at various places.

Apart from Diwali and rangoli that goes hand in hand, bursting crackers occupy the same importance considering no bar on the age for the same. We burst crackers as a part of celebration since lord ram returned after 14 years of banwas which continues till date. Burning crackers is a sign of showing happiness in form of sound and lightning. Diyas form the most integral part of Diwali celebration, there are rangoli’s which have diyas in them to lighten the colors of the rangoli even more.

The designs of the rangoli have a lot of variations and usually drawn by the lady of the house at the entrance of the house.
What could be the scientific reasons to draw rangoli at the entrance of the house? Well according to the scientific reasons the rangoli has a cascading effect on the person who enters the house, well established in neuro science the researchers say that the brain can react and get effected to the design of the rangoli and the vibrating designs of the rangoli effect the brain in such a way that it brings the person at ease and the bright colors make him even more happy.

Festivals don’t feel festivals if there are now decorations and sweets around you. If you do not feel happy and aroused if there is no hope and rangoli is drawn to bring hope and give hope to everyone who see it, that there will be more colors in your life soon.

Which was the first ever rangoli drawn?

Well the story of drawing rangoli is of began back in the time of Satyug, the sudden sad termination of the highest priests son put the king in grief and sorrow and misery.

Then the great and the ultimate god Brahma marked that the king should draw the sketch like a miniature of the body of the boy on the wall if he wanted to bring the boy back to life, the story says that this is the first ever rangoli drawn.

Whereas some say that this art got disclosed to the world from the manuscripts and puranas of the country.

Moving on towards the designs of the rangoli- well in earlier time the designs of the rangoli were full of varied designs which had flowers and squares and circles and was of varied colors to attract the eyes and it even had peacocks and mostly every house had their own different design to draw it, some of the rangolis even tried to tell a story through the drawing. These rangolis of the houses was trying to give different message to the viewer.

But now the younger women trying to draw rangoli, it is more of the cartoon characters and their favorites cartoons, this is to attract kids and to make them develop interest in the tradition and culture of the festivals, the rangoli is redrawn on every different day of the 5 days of Diwali and sometimes the rangoli is redrawn differently for both the times of morning and evening.

The fun and tradition attach to it brings out the colors in it even brighter, the rangoli is drawn by the females even after Diwali for about 3 to 4 days post Diwali and at times even prior to Dhanteras.

In the southern region of Tamil Naidu it is believed that the Lord Thirumaal got married in the month of Marghzi’s , to follow this belief and follow the tradition all the unmarried girls wake up early in the morning to draw rangoli at the entrance of their house.

Rangoli is one of the oldest tradition of the hindu religion and still been followed with the same enthusiasm and love for it. There are even rangoli competitions held by the societies and the localities.

Rangoli has a lot more then drawings on the ground with colorful colors, it is all about love and harmony and peace. The enthusiasm one has to celebrate Diwali, efforts taken by the member of the house who draws rangoli to give a warm welcome to the people who are entering the house.

Even the colors used in the Rangoli had their meanings

Orange depecits sacrifice, white is to potray safety and purity and the use of blue is to determine peace and happiness.
The red indicates the energy that the people have and the yellow gives out the message of richness of traditions and cultures.

Earlier when the colors were not there and people used rice, wheat and turmeric powder instead. The story of Ramayan even says that on the wedding day of Goddess Sita the ground was fully decorated with bright colors and rangoli. So the significance of rangoli has even more developed in the festival of Diwali and drawing rangoli during the five days of Diwali has become sort of a compulsion because of this.

Rangoli is a key and an integral part of Diwali decorations, this 5 days of Diwali is full of fun and peace for everyone, it is to unite the ones who have fought. To forgive the ones who have done wrong, to bring out the happiness and spread it all among the people with the same enthusiasm and care.

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