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 Kasiv
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.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

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.

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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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2015, with the headline 'A colourful tradition to usher in Deepavali'. Print Edition | Subscribe