Flower rangoli is often seen during Diwali and other Indian festivals. Rangoli is a folk art in which designs are created on the floor using colored sand, colored rice or flower petals. Diwali also known as Deepavali is an ancient Hindu celebration which is also called “festival of lights” and it is one of the largest festivals in India.
My husband’s office organized a flower rangoli making workshop for employees’ kids lead by some local employees and I took my kids. It was a great way for the little kids to experience the local culture while learning how to do it. There is no better way for kids to learn about other cultures than getting a hands-on experience.
Flower Rangoli Making For Diwali
First the local staff drew outlines of a design on the floor with white powder. Then we all sat and tore flower petals. In India you often see many women on the side of streets dealing flowers. It feels like a mind numbing task, but once you get used to it, it’s almost like meditation.
There were one big rangoli design for older kids to fill and two small rangoli designs for little ones to decorate which was a very smart idea. The young ones had so much fun sprinkling petals on the pattern in whatever way they wanted. They were even saying that it was a flower pizza. They ended up looking like huge flower pizzas, but the little ones were very proud of their creations. More importantly they had a blast going back and forth while grabbing handful of flowers and pouring them on the designated area of the floor.
The rangoli design for older ones were carefully filled within the white lines. The end result was absolutely lovely.
In India, women do so much for celebration. Diwali must be one of their busiest times of year as friends and families visit each other. What a lovely way to welcome your guests with rangoli on the floor by your door! There are so many different designs in different sizes. Here are two sites where you can find photos of beautiful rangoli: 50 Beautiful and Easy Rangoli Designs on webneel 15 Rangoli Designs by The Indian Express. I love how Indians celebrate their holidays. They are so passionate.