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DLTK's Countries and Cultures - India
rangoliRangoli designs

Sunita, one of our viewers, writes:  We make rangolis, which are colourful geometric shapes filled with coloured rice or sand.  Thanks Sunita!

Rangoli is a popular art form among Indian women.  Rangoli are painted on the ground in front of houses using colored rice powder -- sometimes supplemented by flower petals and other colorful materials.  Rangoli are typically painted during the tamil month of Maarkazhi (between December 15th and January 15th).

Hindu Legend:  During the month of Maarkazhi, the Goddess Andal prayed to Lord Thirumal to marry her.  Her wish came true and others also began to pray to have the husband of their dreams.  During this month, unmarried women paint rangolis to welcome Lord Thirumal in hopes that they will have the same good fortune as Andal.
 

Instructions:

Options for Coloring:

- pastel crayons and poster paint both have nice bright colors and make terrific choices for young children coloring in the rangoli.

- Salt glitter is another interesting choice.  It's a little messy, but some kids like a bit of a mess when they craft.

- colored rice is another choice:

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