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A festival of colours, too

Whoever heard of Diwali without a rangoli? Not only do they make your house look pretty, but they also welcome goddess Lakshmi to your home.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2009 21:57 IST
Malvika Nanda

Whoever heard of Diwali without a rangoli? Not only do they make your house look pretty, but they also welcome goddess Lakshmi to your home.

Can’t make a rangoli? Fear not. We have listed a few simple ways of making one this Diwali. When it comes to materials, you can choose from flowers, leaves, paints, special rangoli powder — made of soft white stone — or leftover Holi colours.
Now for the method:

* Clean the floor and draw a basic design with chalk or a felt-tip
pen. Among the popular rangoli designs are Lakshmiji’s feet and swastikas, flowers with tendrils, and paisley motifs.

* Candles always add drama to a rangoli. For best results, place an earthen pot with a floating candle in the centre of the pattern.

* If designs are not your strength, place an earthen pot and draw a circle measuring 3 to 5 cm around it. Draw eight evenly spaced lines radiating from the circle, and fill the gaps with different colours or flowers. Among flowers, marigold and rose are the most easily available, and Ashoka leaves make a nice contrast.

* If you’re using paints and would like your rangoli to last, use fabric paints.

For those who can’t sketch at all, sticker kolums and rangoli stencils are likely to be found at the shop around the corner, so take heart.