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The Kolam is an auspicious symbol of happiness, positivity, and liveliness, and is intended to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good luck. It is believed that a Hindu household without a clean entrance and rangoli is an abode of bad luck.
Pongal is the Hindu festival of southern India, which is observed for three days in the Tamil month of Tai according to the Tamil solar calendar. The three days of the Pongal festival are Bhogi Pongal, Thai Pongal and Maattu Pongal. The word “Pongal” comes from the Tamil language and means “to boil, overflow.” The dish is traditionally prepared with fresh ingredients like new rice, jaggery or sugar, and milk. The sweet dish prepared is first offered to the Gods and goddesses followed by offering it to the cows and then shared by family members. Apart from the sweet dish, a wide range of dishes are made for this festival, including rangoli.
People make rangoli, known as Pongal kolam, outside their houses on this auspicious occasion to attract good vibes and blessings of the gods and goddesses. They use rice flour, colored powders and burnt rice flakes to create patterns in the floor.
The word ‘rangoli’ is derived from the word Rang meaning color and Kolam meaning design. The making of this art form is believed to have started in Tamil Nadu. It is a folk art that requires patience, dexterity and freehand drawing skills. It goes without saying that it requires a lot of patience because it can take up to two hours or more for one person to finish an intricately designed pattern on the floor.
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