In north India, the tradition of 'Rangoli' during the Holi season is dying. It is held that the word 'Rangoli' is made of two words 'Rang' which means colour and 'Holi' which means celebration or festivity. So, Rangoli is an artistic celebration of colours as an auspicious art. However, now it has mainly got confined to throwing colour on one another.
Indian spring festival of colours called Holi traditionally used to begin with the formation of Rangolis made of 'abeer' or coloured powders. Earlier, 'Rangoli for Holi' signified an artistic celebration of colours during the spring festival.
However, in Bengal, during Holi at Vishwa Bharti University in Kolkata, students decorate the campus with intricate rangolis to present an artistic view of colourful designs to the onlookers who gather in large numbers here on the campus. Rangoli for Holi is associated with symmetrical designs of flowers, petals and leaves on the floor.
Rangoli for Holi is traditionally done by women with simple geometric shapes usually inspired by nature. The major symbols of Rangoli during spring season are lotus flower, flower shapes, flower petals, leaves and foliage.
If, on the eve of Holi, you wish to revive the tradition of Rangoli for the occasion, you may like to follow the flower patterns at the centre with small circles around them. First, draw the pattern on the floor or chosen surface with chalk, charcoal or crayon. Then fill different portions of the design with colour powders or 'abeer' or 'gulal'.