The Art of Floor Painting.
During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is believed to visit homes that are well lit, so families decorate their homes. People wear their best clothes or buy new ones, children are given presents and New Year greetings re exchanged through visits or Diwali cards.
Thus, a Rangoli design is created on doorsteps to welcome everybody. Rangoli exudes a pattern in colour that are specific for each region.
During Diwali, in the art of floor painting, the central rangoli design is the symbolic one denoting the deity or the theme. Motifs generally created are lotus, fish, birds, snakes, etc. which reflects the unity of man and beast.
Most of the rangoli designs are circular exuding a sense of endlessness of time. Celestial symbols such as the sun, moon and other zodiac signs are also common themes for rangoli. Layered with symbolism is the lotus denoting Goddess Lakshmi, the unfolding of life, the heart or the wheel.