Deepavali / Diwali is celebrated by the hindus world-wide. The word "Deepa" means "light" and "avali" means "a row", which makes Deepavali the "festival of lights". Traditional Rangoli motifs adorn the front-yards and entryways of every house. People light earthen lamps called "diya" on this day, and thank the goddess for the wealth and happiness that she has bestowed upon them.
On this day, people visit friends and relatives and also exchange gifts and sweets. Diwali teaches us to drive away the ignorance, the darkness around us and to uphold the true values of life.
Here is a dotted rangoli; dot count is 19x3. In the following rangoli pattern, after the outlines are drawn, the rangoli is colored with bright color powder. One could also make use of flowers or colored rice for coloring.