One of India’s oldest traditions, rangoli is a form of art that you frequently find at Indian weddings. If you ever see what looks like paint on the floor, in a paisley or floral pattern, that is probably rangoli (or its modern equivalent). Originally made from rice soaked in water, rangoli now is frequently just water-based paint that is applied to the ground in a decorative pattern at auspicious times. Though it has less staying power, sometimes rangoli is also made of flower petals. Look, but don’t touch!
Not only for weddings, you might also see rangoli decorations outside homes for Diwali, Holi, or even birthdays. Want to learn how to make your own rangoli? Check out these resources below:
Or, if you just like the look of rangoli and want a stress-relief activity…