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Learn to draw Holi mandana to make an auspicious beginning to the festival of colours
Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated as the "festival of colours" during spring season to signify harmony among the community members and celebrate the victory of good over evil.

The festival is meant to be celebrated for a night and a day. The auspicious beginning of the festival is done on the evening of the full moon day of month of Phalguna. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi.

On the day of Holika Dahan, there has been a tradition of drawing a mandana or rangoli with a geometric design, Swastika and a motif related to the festival such as a bowl full of coloured powder. The rangoli is put up on the wall or threshold of the house and the site of bonfire or Holika Dahan.

You too can draw the rangoli design and decorate by proceeding in the following steps:

  1. Draw the diamond shape on the chosen surface.

  2. Divide into four inner diamond shapes by drawing the two side bisectors.

  3. On the two side corners draw two semicircles each.

  4. Extend the side lines of the other two corners and end them with semi-circles

  5. In the upper and lower smaller diamonds, draw the auspicious Swastika sign and a bowl filled with the heap of coloured powder respectively.

  6. Fill the rest of the segments of the design with colour powder.

The tradition making mandanas on festivals is slowly dying down in urban areas and there is a need to revive the tradition for cultural linkage of the festivals instead of making them mere fun and frolic with market driven festivities.

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