After all of that stuff... it was time to decorate the house with some fun bright colors. On the front porch I got to do what's called rangoli. Once again you're probably asking yourself... what is that?
Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. 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.
With this being the first time doing this, mine of course isn't as good as others... but I'm determined to master it for next year!
Later in the evening after sunset, prayers were said and candles lit around the house... and in the front of the house where the rangoli was done. Everything looked so pretty... love it! So today it's time to do the same at my apartment... cleaning, rangoli, prayers, and candles!