Every fall in India, around October/November, they celebrate the festival of lights, that is-Diwali. While it’s not fall, we decided to begin the celebration ourselves. We’ve also decided, due to some schedule issues with our Indian friends, to extend our India week until next Friday. This should give us ample time to get more acquainted with this wonder-filled nation.
Today, we practiced a few rangolis. A rangoli is a piece of art that is drawn and painted on the ground before your front door to welcome guests. It is typically made using chalk, flour and food coloring and today we practiced different Rangoli chalk designs in hopes of coming up with something we can use for our entryway later. With a few extra visitors today we were able to make a bunch of beautiful chalk designs and had lots of fun in the process.
Activityvillage.co.uk has TONS of information on Diwali and various crafts that can be made and on http://www.diwalifestival.org/diwali-rangoli.html there are many examples of various rangolis and they are quite amazing actually. Of course I have high hopes again of the masterpiece that will present itself near our front door, but let’s be real and remember that these are children and I should just relax and enjoy the process. Not to mention that my lack of patience will make it difficult to actually draw the grid-like patterns needed for the beautiful symmetry involved in the traditional rangoli.
Nonetheless, we will have our version of a rangoli to be posted soon. Until then, enjoy these fun practice versions that took up a good portion of our afternoon.