Rangolis are a big part of Indian culture and can also be called Alpana, Aripoma, or Kolam. Every state across India will have a slightly different style to their rangolis. Particularly at Diwali time you will see many houses have a colourful Rangoli at the entrance of their home. Rangoli said to derive from 'Rang' and 'Aavalli' means row of colours. Rangoli is a colourful symmetrical design made mostly from coloured powder and rice.
Traditionally Rangolis were used to welcome guests which is why you'll also see them at times of celebrations, before any guest arrives we always clean the home and so in this same way before welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into our homes at Diwali time we clean the home and create beautiful rangoli patterns to welcome her. Usually the lotus design on the border represents Goddess Lakshmi. The lotus is also symbolic for the beginning of life.
It is said that the symmetrical pattern, which is pleasing to the eye, brings good luck to the home. The design patterns often consist of natural elements like animals, flowers, etc There is no limit to the size of a rangoli but often it will be the same size as a welcome doormat would be.
Many houses here in the UK also use Rangoli stencils, stickers or pre made sets if they are not able to create their own. So that the children can get involved with this beautiful tradition we've created a rangoli puzzle for the little hands, it's less messy and is a beautiful addition to your Diwali festivities.