Diwali Rangoli is a tradition of decorating with colors. This is the way Hindus adorn their houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi during the festival of Diwali. It is also celebrated as the day when the good conquered the evil, as told in the Ramayana. Let’s celebrate with a little peak into Indian mythology.
The story is that the great Lord Rama with his wife Sita returned to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile, on the day of Diwali or Deepavali, as it is also called. In these 14 years, they had had to face a lot of hardships. The biggest being Sita’s abduction by Lanka’s ruler Ravana. So when the great king returned with his wife, the people were overjoyed. Sweets were distributed and houses were decked up as brides. And since then, this festival is celebrated every year in India.
Beautifying our houses with Rangoli is one such tradition. Rangoli (Rang means ‘color’ in Hindi) is the art of decorating the floors with colors. Some make the feet of the goddess Lakshmi. While others make Rangoli with rice flour and flowers and yet there are others who use rice and dry colours. Here is a fun Diwali Rangoli with spoons and cookie cutters that can keep your kids occupied for a long long time.
Make a Diwali Rangoli using spoons and cookie cutters
Age appropriate: 4+ to 99
What you need:
- Dry colours or Rangoli colors
- Flowers, cookie cutters, spoons, bowls, buttons and other interesting objects to decorate.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Start by making the design. You can assist your child in making a design on a paper. This can help you choose your tools. In our case the twins decided to use a wooden spoon, star shaped cookie cutter, diamond and round shaped buttons and a heart shaped box.
- Place the Ganesha and Lakshmi idol in the centre and then plan your Rangoli design around it.
- Next we added the heart at the centre and followed it around with spoon shaped design on either side. You can see how we added a star post and then just replicated it all around.
- Just place the object on the floor and trace its outline with a dry colour. Remove the object to see the perfect outline. If you are using a cookie cutter, trace the outline with one colour. And then add a contrasting colour inside. A perfect design with an outline is ready.
- Once your Diwali Rangoli is ready, add some flowers and Diyas for a special touch.
The twins were so excited to use the spoons and buttons that they are already thinking up of a new craft to design. Yes, that is the wonderful side-effect of this activity – Creativity!
Hope you enjoy making this Rangoli as much as we did. Wishing you a Shubh Diwali and a prosperous year ahead!
This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:
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