Something that you see with regularity in India is the folk art of Rangoli. Known by different names – Rangoli in Karnataka, Kolum in Tamil Nadu, Golam kolam in Kerala, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh – it is a practice of creating patterns on the floor of the entrance-way to a dwelling. They are meant to be sacred welcoming signals to the Hindu deities and are believed to bring good luck. Typically they are made of dried flour, colored rice or sand, or flower petals. Here is an example found on the pavement of a house in Pondicherry.


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