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Rangoli, also known as Alpana, Kolam and by other names, is the traditional Indian art of decorating courtyards, houses and places of worship.
A powder of white stone, lime, rice flour and other pastes or powders are used to draw intricate and ritual designs on the ground, often at the entrance to the home. Symmetrical and geometrical patterns are often used. Flower petals of different colours such as golden marigolds and bright red roses can also add an extra dimension to the pattern. Different beans and lentils also make a good rangoli.
Rangoli is particularly prevalent as part of the Diwali festival celebrated by Hindus annually which worships Lakshmi Goddess of light and wealth.