Why Do We Put A Rangoli

rangoliThe rangoli is  traditional pattern which is usually found in the entrance to any Indian home. Existing since centuries, it is done in various forms across India. Called the Kolam in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is called rangoli in the other Indian states. In parts of West Bengal and Orissa, it is called the Alpona.It is refreshing to see the women busying themselves with putting these designs early in the morning, in the small towns and villages and there is a story to why we put it.

Rangoli art in India
Rangoli art in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In ancient times, houses were made of mud. Ants used to enter the house when some food particle used to be strewn around by mistake. To avoid this, the women of the house used to draw lines of rice powder outside the house so that the ants do not come in, instead busy themselves with the rice powder outside.

This gradually took shape of a tradition and people started using it for functions and celebrations. The symmetry in the Rangoli depicts the organised manner of our life and the vivid colours in them show the vibrance we should have in our life.

Rangoli,kolam,chennai,Tamil Nadu தமிழ்: ரங்கோல...
Rangoli,kolam,chennai,Tamil Nadu தமிழ்: ரங்கோலி என்ற அழைக்கப்படம் வண்ணக்கோலம், சென்னை,தமிழ்நாடு (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So add colour to your life, put the rangoli and have fun.


3 thoughts on “Why Do We Put A Rangoli”

  1. I would like to add my opinion. Rangoli is an ephemeral art drawn daily at the entrance of our homes. Probably they were drawn with rice flour to serve as food for insects and also to ensure that women did not have to do the painful task of erasing a beautiful rangoli.

    1. Thanks so much Sudha..Also I would like to have your contribution in this respect, if you have anything more to share.

      Rukmini Krishnan
      The Soul Bistro

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