College of Liberal Arts

A Festive Welcome: The Colorful Art of Rangoli

Children’s International Festival
Business, Culture and Education
Age group: Elementary School

Explore the creative world of Rangoli, a popular form of Indian folk art in which colorful patterns are created to welcome guests into homes on festive occasions and to bring good luck to the host family.  Rangoli patterns are most commonly seen at the time of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated in north India, and during Onam and Pongal, the main south Indian festivals. Rangoli patterns are traditionally created using colored Rangoli powder, ground rice, flowers and oil lamps. Learn how to recreate India’s geometric Rangoli designs on your own by using sequins, beads, mirror tiles, stick-on foam shapes and other craft items, and create a decorative, Rangoli welcome for your home.