Rangoli is a unchanged tradition which is followed till now but in various forms. Also known as alpana, aripana and kolam it is an ancient art practiced by many households.
A rangoli design is created at the entrance of the house, not only to welcome the guests but also the goddess herself.
The word Rangoli is set to be derived from rang and aavali, which means a row of colours.
Some basic patterns like a geometrical structure which are also symmetrical in nature are usually followed to make a Rangoli. The design patterns often consist of flowers, animals, designs etc.
Rangoli patterns are usually made using colourful sawdust, rice powder, and crushed limestone. The designs and the patterns usually differ from place to place.
Different traditions of rangolis are followed by different states. In Bihar, Lakshmi's footprints are drawn to welcome the goddess. In Andhra Pradesh, an eight petal lotus known as 'ashtdal kamal' is created while in Tamil Nadu an eight pointed star, referred to as 'hridaya kamal' is designed.
No matter the design, Diwali is incomplete without the traditional rangoli to welcome guests, both divine and human.
So, create a rangoli at your home and let the goddess shower her blessings on you!