India is a land of diversities; diversity in the language people speak, food habits, festivals celebrated, marriage rituals, etc are the specialty of India. Festivals are like life and soul of Indian tradition. Festivals in India mean get-together with friends and relatives, cooking special dishes, lots of music, celebration, enjoyment and also shopping. Wearing ethnic clothes during festivals, marriage functions and special occasions is an integral part of such celebrations.
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Rangoli is a form of art in India, which is usually drawn or made during festivals or auspicious occasions in front of the entrance doors or courtyards of the house. An art form or a tradition which is passed between generations. Rangoli is mostly made by women of the house. Rangoli drawing is popular in many parts of India, be it Rangoli in Karnataka, Kolam in Tamilnadu, Kalam in Kerala, Alpana in fc West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Mandana in Rajasthan and it is gaining popularity in other parts also.
In the Rangoli making process, usually the outline of the design is made using a chalk and then different colours are used for the filling purposes. The colours used for filling are mostly dry rice powder, turmeric powder, coloured sand, etc. Sometimes even flowers and petals are used for filling up the design, such a Rangoli is known as a Floral Rangoli. The Rangoli designs consist of various patterns, they include geometric shapes, flowers, petals, leaves, birds and even pictures of Gods and Goddesses.
Nowadays, even ready-made Rangoli designs or stencils are available in the market. One just needs to make the outline of the design using the stencil without much effort and then fill it up using different colours. Rangoli making is very famous during festivals like Onam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali but it is also made during other auspicious days and functions.
I am a person, who is not so good in drawing and also I am not much interested in stuffs like Rangoli making. But life changes a lot after marriage, plus seeing my neighbour in Bangalore preparing Rangoli on every festival, always inspired me to try my hands for Rangoli drawing. So I bought myself a Rangoli stencil and different colours for Diwali. From the past few years, I am making Rangoli during Diwali, which is said to bring good luck and prosperity. I am a rookie in Rangoli making and year by year I am gaining practice. This is the pic of the Rangoli, which I made during last Diwali.
Rangoli is like a divine art form to please the almighty and bring good luck and prosperity in the house, also it is deep rooted in our Indian culture. We should help in keeping this art form alive and should pass it on to our younger generation.
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Many a times I have heard these words, which goes like this
“Indian nari (woman), looks beautiful in a saree”.
I am not saying that western dresses don’t look good on Indian woman, but ethnic Indian dresses like saree and salwar suit add a special touch to our special occasions, functions and festivals. An Indian woman can easily carry any western wear, but saree and salwar suit add a special beauty to the person wearing them. And truly, an Indian woman looks beautiful in a saree.
In India, go to different parts and you will come across different ways of wearing a saree, be it the Bengali style of wearing a saree or the Maharashtrian style or the Gujarati style or the South Indian style. Nowadays, wearing saree on a daily basis is almost becoming obsolete, especially in the urban areas, even though in rural areas, it is still the preferred daily wear of married women. But now the scenario is changing in small towns and even in some rural areas and newly married girls prefer salwar suit instead of saree for daily wear. A salwar suit looks cool and elegant similar to a saree.
Times are changing and choices are changing, still saree is the most preferred ethnic wear by married women and even by unmarried girls for special occasions and festivals. Even corporate offices celebrate ethnic day where women come to the office wearing a saree. In today’s India, Bollywood movies and Bollywood celebrities have a strong impact on the fashion sense of today’s generation. Be it the cool and casual outfits of Deepika Padukone or the sexy and elegant saree worn by Priyanka Chopra, everything leaves an impression on today’s people. As per me, both Deepika and Priyanka can carry a saree in a sexy and glamorous way. They can flaunt and make even a simple saree look very elegant. They have given a new dimension to wearing a saree and making it sexy, elegant and cool.
Even though, western dresses may seem cool, but Indian saree and salwar suit is the best for any festival or function. Craftsvilla is there for all your fashion needs.
India is a country with a rich cultural heritage. We follow our religion sincerely and have deep faith in God. We value our customs and traditions and love for our country, our motherland is deep rooted in us. Even though we don’t do much for our country on a day to day basis but still when our country’s name comes, we all stand united and overcome the hurdles. There are cases of riots in the name of religion but still there are people of different religions living in the same neighbourhood and helping each other in adverse times. We all celebrate each other’s festivals and be a part of joys and sorrows of our neighbours.
The Indian culture is not only limited to India but you go to any part of the world and you can meet your Indian brothers or sisters, they are the ones who are the reason behind the Indian culture being celebrated worldwide. The Indians living abroad celebrate the Indian festivals and as such festivals like Holi and Diwali have become so famous worldwide. It feels really good to see people staying in other countries celebrating the Indian culture, traditions and the festivals.