On the new year's eve we find many rangolis big and small welcoming the new year. The words "Welcome 2013" or "Happy New Year 2013" will be written on the periphery of many Margazhi rangoli heralding the arrival of 2013. Margazhi ends with Sankranti celebrations. It is celebrated for four days in Tamil Nadu. The first day is Bhogi, 2nd day is Thai Pongal, 3rd day is Maattu Pongal and the 4th day is Kaanum Pongal . Apart from other festivities rangolis play a very important role in celebration of Sankranti or Pongal.
The rangoli above is the first in our series ( I have not decided , how many) for New Year 2013 through Sankranti. It can be drawn free hand or with dots. The image above has been drawn without dots. It is a design with four butterflies and four flowers. The centre filled with pink and green patterns. The flowers have been filled with two shades of blue. The gaps have also have rangoli powder preserved by me after erasing a design (hence the different colour in the back ground.
On the top a simple freehand rangoli with parallel lines but of two different colours for Margazhi kolams. (Margazhi is still not over!). The lines have been drawn simultaneously, as we do in plain rangolis with parallel lines but we have to use rangoli powder of two colours. It can be expanded with designs using white rangoli powder also. Two images showing the stages in drawing this rangoli
This rangoli above on the right drawn using the above method i.e drawing parallel lines with two colours. . Drawing a rangoli or kolam with parallel lines requires some practice. Drawing parallel lines with two different colours requires more practice. What is important is picking the colours and allowing the rangoli powder to flow through the fingers. Once it is achieved the lines as shown in the thumbnail above can be drawn. The colour combination including yellow makes suitable for festivals like Basant Panchami for which yellow is an important colour.
Kolam with sugarcane and Pongal pot
Pongal paanai kolam with dots
Pongal paanai kolam without dots
Festival - Ratha Sapthami
Rangoli or kolam designs with dots are there