Well,I think Rangoli is one such craft-form too. It is a type of painting afterall 😉 Rangoli holds a special place as a part of any Indian ritual and how can Diwali be celebrated without one adorning the entrance of our homes.
The above rangoli uses rice soaked in water for about 3 hrs and then ground to make a fine paste, and red stone dissolved in water for contrast. This is made by dipping a small white cloth in each of these mixtures and using the same to paint the rangoli.
We celebrate Diwali for 3 days starting from tomorrow – Naraka Chaturdasi on the first day followed by Lakshmi Puja on the Amavasya day and Balipadyami on the 3rd day.
Naraka Chaturdasi marks the victory of Lord Krishna over the Demon King Narakasura, signifying the triumph over good over evil.
Balipadyami is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation Vamana in which he defeated the demon king Bali. Bali though, was very generous and much-loved by his subjects and so Vishnu granted him a boon that he could return to earth for one day in a year to be with his people. It is this day that is celebrated as Bali Padyami.
Today is also a special day, actually sort of beginning of the festival since we celebrate something called Neeru Habba. All the water storage containers @ home cleaned and worshipped and water is stored for the oil bath to be taken next day. This held more significance in olden days when running water was not available throughtout the day, but we do celebrate it as a ritual even now.
I had blogged about the detailed significance of all these rituals last year, so will stop now 😛 😛
Wishing all of you a very happy, safe and blessed Diwali. May the Lord help us clear the darkness existing within our hearts and lead us unto light!