Multicoloured rangoli art made from coloured sand

What is Rangoli? The Ultimate Guide

Rangoli is a form of art that originated in India, consisting of bright, colourful patterns that are made using a variety of materials such as rocks, coloured rice and marble dust. But what are the origins of this art form and how is it created?

We’ve put together the ultimate guide on everything you need to know about rangoli and how to create your own vibrant rangoli art.

What is rangoli?

Rangoli is the art of using bright coloured sand or other materials to create intricate and kaleidoscopic designs. These designs typically serve as symbols and have a religious purpose, created to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and good luck and to keep evil at bay.

Typically in a Hindu household, basic rangoli is practiced every day however patterns are primarily made during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. These vibrant patterns can also be seen at weddings, religious celebrations and other Hindu festivals such as Pongal, Tihar and Onam. 

Creating rangoli art can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity for everyone however, as it helps to calm the mind and allows you to practice mindfulness. 

A rangoli art pattern on the ground made from coloured sand

What is diwali?

Diwali is the biggest holiday of the year in India with celebrations typically lasting 5 or 6 days. It is on the second day of the festival that people will decorate their homes with clay lamps and create stunning rangoli patterns on the floor in front of their entrance. The main day of the festival (the third day) is when families gather together to make a prayer to the Goddess Lakshmi, followed by a feast and fireworks.

Fireworks exploding over a city at night to celebrate Diwali

How to make rangoli patterns

Traditional rangoli patterns are made on the floor, often outside the front door, or on a board that can be carried to the desired spot. Patterns should be made on a flat surface (ideally one that’s white to help your design stand out even more!) and with a material of your choice. 

Patterns are often designed to be symmetrical, using a combination of straight and curved lines and incorporating imagery of flowers and items from nature. 

A mulitcoloured rangoli pattern made from coloured sand with a candle in the middle

To begin creating your design, draw an outline of your desired pattern so you know exactly what to fill in and where to place your powder. The next step is simple, grab your colours and start to bring your design to life! 

Traditional rangoli art is made using your finger and thumb to spread the powder across the pattern’s outline. To produce easy rangoli designs, we recommend filling up small, easy squeeze applicator bottles with rangoli sand. Doing so will allow you to pour and control the powder more easily and create neater designs!

Two women using easy squeeze bottles to create a rangoli design on the ground

If you want to bring a bit of colour and mindfulness into your life, then creating rangoli art is the perfect solution. 

Coming soon to the Ministry of Colours’ product range, we will be launching our very own rangoli kits, complete with easy squeeze bottles full of your favourite brightly coloured sands so you can create rangoli art at home. Keep your eyes peeled on our website to find out when these fabulous kits will be available!