Rangoli drawing

 

My InkTober drawing for day 22 is a rangoli in honor of today’s celebration of Diwali or Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Rangolis are beautiful round or square geometrical patterns made on the floor with colored chalk, powder or sand, rice grains and sometimes petals. They are usually made at the entrances to houses as decorations for the festive season and to usher in good fortune by welcoming Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

I learned a little bit about Diwali while my family lived in Singapore (more commonly known there as Deepavali), as it is a major holiday there. I remember how Little India would be so brightly and beautifully decorated and lit up at night. Shops would be filled with flower garlands, sweets and gifts for shoppers preparing for the festival.

This drawing was made with a Kuretake ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka pen and Akashiya Fude SAI Japanese Traditional Colors brush pens.