How to Make Rangoli

Rangoli is a form of folk art in which beautiful and elegant patterns are drawn on the floor in the living rooms, entrance and courtyards. They are made from dried colour, flower petals, coloured sand and coloured rice. Rangoli finds it origin in India and is commonly called as Muggu or kolam. They generally symbolise the welcome of Hindu deities in the house. Pongal, Diwali and Onam are the most common Indian festivals in which the Rangoli is made at home. These are a representation of grandeur Indian heritage. This rich heritage and culture has been passed over generations to generations which have kept the tradition and culture alive. Rangoli decoration generally symbolises good luck. It is considered as a symbol of bringing good luck to the house and people living in it. Traditionally it is done by the women. However, it is not limited to the festivals only. It is linked to all the auspicious occasions which may include a marriage, birth of a new born, house warming ceremony, gatherings and many other such auspicious occasions.


For any occasion, follow the simple steps below to draw the rangoli:


  • A Rangoli design can be any geometric shapes, flowers, deity impressions. People may create different design with the help of their imaginations.
  • The basic ingredient in the recipe of Rangoli is wet or dry granulated dry flour, vermillion, turmeric and lately natural colours are being used.
  • In some cases to amplify the beauty of Rangoli flower petals are used.
  • For the garnishing of rangoli lamps are lighted with the help of candles and matchsticks.
  • The major symbols used in Rangoli are that of lotus flowers, mango leaves, and different kind of birds such as peacocks, swans, parrots and human figure also in some cases.
  • The selected pattern is drawn on the ground with the help of chalk. This roughly provides an outline of the given figure.
  • The pattern can be easily drawn with the reference from a given painting or picture.
  • The colours are put into it as per the requirement.
  • The basic colour of rangoli is white which is very commonly called as chirodi. This is the base colour which is being dyed into various different colours and used for rangoli making.
  • It can be made with two types of processes such as dry and wet.
  • Freehand rangoli is made directly on the ground.
  • Nowadays there are ready made rangoli available, which have made rangoli drawing even easier.
  • The latest trend in rangoli making is the usage of cement colours with marble powder.
  • Once the design is completely ready and filled with colors, make sure to give it a final touch up by flower petals, diyas or any sort of embellishment.

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