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The kolam, or "rangoli" is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities. In Tamil culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.

An Indian woman applies coloured powder to her "rangoli", a Hindu ritual design, in front of her house in Hyderabad on January 1, 2013. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes early in the morning with a beautiful motif to welcome relatives and friends to mark the New Year. — AFP Photo

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Kolam is a form of sand painting that is drawn using rice powder by female members of the family in front of their home. It is widely practiced by Hindus in South India. A kolam is a sort of painted prayer - a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes.