Rangoli, a colourful tradition to usher in Deepavali

Rangoli, a colourful tradition to usher in Deepavali
Madam Jayapaul Eswari and her daughter Shree Nethi working on a multi-coloured rangoli floor decoration at the driveway of their Lentor Crescent home yesterday. Behind them are Shree Nethi's grandfather M.K. Narayanan and grandmother Sarasvathi Kasivisvanathan.
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SINGAPORE - Preparing for the Deepavali celebrations, Madam Jayapaul Eswari, 41, and her daughter Shree Nethi, eight, on Monday (Nov 9) spent 20 minutes using rice grains to form a multi-coloured rangoli design.

The rangoli, a floor decoration placed at the entrance of homes during Deepavali, will be used to welcome guests to their Lentor Crescent home on Tuesday.

Instead of buying a ready-made sticker rangoli, the Narayanan family stuck to its traditional roots.

The family will be up before dawn on Tuesday. The elders, including Shree Nethi's grandfather, retired civil servant M. K. Narayanan, 79, and her grandmother, housewife Sarasvathi Kasivisvanathan, 71, will kick off the festivities by presenting the younger family members with new outfits.

Each will then take a traditional oil bath and don new attire before gathering again to pray and have breakfast comprising sweet Indian delicacies. They will then head to the Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road before returning home to receive guests.

This article was first published on Nov 10, 2015.
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