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