Rangoli is a folk art from India. These are decorative designs made on floors during Hindu festivals. The ancient symbols have been passed on through the ages, from each generation to the next, thus keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The patterns are typically created with materials, including colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or even flower petals. Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, or they can also become very elaborate designs crafted by numerous people.
Alpana or alpona refers to motifs, sacred art or painting done on a horizontal surface on auspicious occasions in Bengal, India. These are common during religious occasions, wedding or community events. The artwork is mainly done by women. It is traditionally done in white using a liquid paste of rice powder mixed in water. The patterns vary based on the occasion.