Rangoli is a Sanskrit word meaning a creative expression of art through color. “Rang” is the Hindi word for color. Rangoli is usually art drawings created on the floor and decorated with colored powders or flowers. It is used as a “welcome” either for guests who are treated as “god” or for a deity.
For Diwali, which was celebrated this week, families thoroughly clean their homes, buy new clothes and other items, and create rangoli in efforts to welcome Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, believing she will ward off evil.
We’ve even made rangoli in our home before a celebration of thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus.