Diwali is incomplete without the pujas, the lighting, the socializing, delicacies and the Rangoli. Rangoli, the colourful handmade carpets are so much welcoming at the entrance! The colors are all bright and the surrounding diyas make it more lively. The patterns are made up of flowers or natural colors mixed in rice flour, grains, saw dust, chalk powder, colored stones, and even fabric!
The custom of making a Rangoli during auspicious day has got some scientific purpose. Scientists say that Warm colors produce centrifugal action where energy flows outward therefore warm colors make people cheerful, extrovert and active. It denotes Joy, happiness & enthusiasm. They are made to soothe the guests and sustain a jolly mood.
The patterns made in them symbolises growth and prosperity. Each of these characters speak of numerous things, having deep meanings and significations like the swastika is actually a sign of luck and fortune. Many books have been written on the significance and meaning of ancient symbols.
There is an age old custom for the women of the house, getting up early and making rangoli after having bath. These are made in the Brahma-mahurat or before dawn. It is said that Laxmi devi (the goddess of prosperity) gets attracted to these Rangolis and enters the house to stay.
These days people are too lazy to make this beautiful art. Rangolis have been replaced by stickers having colourful designs. Yaiks!