What is Rangoli? Rangoli is an art form originating in India. It is a type of decoration drawn on the ground or sidewalk in front of a home. Rangoli is thought to bring good luck, prosperity on the house and the family, and to welcome guest.
Rangoli has a purpose to “enlighten” or welcome Hindu gods to the household. One might ask what is the connection between Diwali and Rangoli. Diwali is celebrated primarily to herald in the arrival of the Goddess Lakshami. Prayers are offered to her, asking for her blessings in the form of wealth. That is why a Rangoli is design is created at the entrance of the home, not only to welcome the guest that visit, but also the Goddess herself.
Rangoli can be found at various festivals throughout the year including Diwali or Tihar, Onam, Pongal, Sankranthi and other Hindu festivals in the Indian subcontinent. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and tradition alive.
Akruti, came up with the idea of the Rangoli puzzle after the birth of her son. She grew up having this tradition passed down to her in India and wanted to do the same with her son, but didn’t have the materials readily available. These puzzles now allow families to gather and create a clean Rangoli to adorn their entrance during Diwali.