Decorate Your Home With These Easy-To-Make Rangolis

It is that time of the year again! If the beautifully lit oil lamps and lanterns bring hope and positivity, the vibrant and intricate rangoli patterns liven up the festive fervour. Just seeing a rangoli filled with different colours enhances the vibe of ‘Diwali’ and makes us realise that happy times are just around the corner.

However, creating rangoli is considered a challenging and time-consuming task. Don’t worry if you are not a pro at drawing rangoli, here are some tips and tricks that will help you decorate your home entrances with beautiful designs.

1. Make use of kitchen utensils:

One does not need to spend money on expensive art tools to create rangoli on Diwali. With the help of kitchen utensils, one can easily create beautiful rangoli patterns. Plates and bottle caps act as the best go-to tools to make rangoli designs. If you want to make big circular designs, you can place the food plates on the floor and then use a pencil/pen to draw their circumference.

Use bangles to create smaller circles and then accordingly fill them with colours. Bottle caps can also be used to draw smaller circles.

2. Opt for natural elements:

Flowers undoubtedly add more colour to Diwali decorations. Not only to your home walls but you can also add a floral touch to your rangoli designs. And, if you are someone who is sometimes scratching their brains on how to make the best use of colours, you can always go with leaves or flowers especially marigolds.

Also, there’s one big reason to opt for flowers while creating rangolis and that is their fragrance. They make surroundings smell naturally botanical and improve the home’s air quality. You can also place diyas around your floral rangoli, which will look even beautiful at night.

3. Go digital:

Digital rangolis are also trending in today’s time. For people who love working on computers, mobiles, digital rangolis work best for them. According to Tanu Akshit Lamba, PRT General, Suraj Bhan DAV Public School, one can even create a detailed mandala rangoli design digitally just in five minutes.

“I recently taught my students digital rangolis and they absolutely loved how easily they were able to make difficult designs in a few minutes. Creating rangoli digitally is quite easy. Softwares like Ibis Paint X work brilliantly for beginners. When schools were closed, I organised a lot of virtual rangoli sessions for students. All you need is a good internet connection and with a few clicks, you can come up with beautiful rangoli patterns,” she said.

Rangoli designs have come a long way for sure, thanks to technology.

4. Earbuds, glue bottles for easy application of colours:

Applying colours to your rangoli might be a difficult process as they can stick to your fingers. To avoid the colour spillage, one can use old glue bottles or ketchup bottles. All you have to do is fill those bottles with rangoli colours and cut the nozzle with a broad opening and use it like a pen to draw shapes.

You can also use earbuds to create different rangoli designs. Earbuds can bring a smudge in the shapes.

5. Get your hands on stencils:

Stencils come to the rescue of people who struggle to create rangoli designs on their own. From plastic stencils to wooden and paper stencils, different kinds of stencils are available in the markets.
All you have to do is to place the stencil in any corner of your house or doorstep and then fill in the blanks with colours. One can get stencils ranging from Rs 30 to Rs 1000, depending upon the design and material.

6. Food ingredients:

You can also make colourful and unique looking rangolis with the help of kitchen ingredients — flour, pulses and rice.

With the above-mentioned hacks, you can create any rangoli design like a skilled artist. So, grab some colours and leave your guests in awe of your rangoli this Diwali.

Women’s Equality Day 2021: History And Significance

The United States is commemorating the 101st year of Women’s Equality Day. On August 26, the day is largely commemorated in the United States to honour American women gaining the constitutional right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1920. The legislation makes it illegal to deny citizens of the United States the right to vote based on their gender.


The United States Congress established August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971, at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug, and it was approved in 1973. It is declared by the President of the United States every year. President Richard Nixon issued the first official proclamation. Since then, every US president has made a proclamation establishing this day. The date was chosen to honour the 1920 approval of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

This was the conclusion of a vast, nonviolent civil rights campaign led by women, which began in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights conference in Seneca Falls, New York.


Women’s Equality Day not only honours the 19th Amendment’s passage, but also draws attention to women’s ongoing struggles towards gaining full equality.

Over the last century, great women have proven the traditional stereotypes wrong by demonstrating to the world what women are capable of doing, from Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt fighting for civil rights and equality to brilliant scientists like Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Jane Goodall. The previous century has shown more than ever before what both men and women are capable of doing when given the opportunity.

Today, women’s equality entails far more than simply having the right to vote. Organizations such as Equality Now and Womankind Worldwide continue to work to provide women all over the world with equal access to education and employment, as well as to combat the suppression and violence directed at women, as well as the discrimination and stereotyping that still exist in every society.

International Day For The Remembrance Of The Slave Trade And Its Abolition: History & Significance

August 23 is marked as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. During the imperialist regimes run by the colonial powers of Europe, slave trade was a cruel yet common practice. Through this practice, a section of the world and its peoples, mainly from Africa and Asia were reduced to mere slaves who were bought and sold and transported to colonial settlements in Haiti, Caribbean, and other parts of the world.


The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on August 23 because of a significant event that took place surrounding this date. Santo Domingo, which is modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, was an erstwhile colonial settlement of France in the eighteenth century. The days of August 22 and August 23, 1791 saw the start of the uprising that would play a vital role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade led by the European colonial powers. The uprising inspired the Haitian Revolution which was led by the Black and the mixed race people against the colonial rulers.


This United Nations designated day is intended to remember and honour the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples who were dehumanised by the cruel practice or systemic racism. According to the UN, the day should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy. This day should always remind people to continue to analyse and criticise such practices that may transform into modern forms of slavery and exploitation.

It should be remembered that years after it became independent from slavery and colonial rule, Haiti and Dominican Republic continue to face internal crisis. Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated earlier in July leaving the country in a state of civil war, while on August 15 it was rocked by a devastating earthquake that has killed 2,189 people so far.

Happy Onam 2021: Significance, Wishes, Quotes & Messages

The harvest festival of Kerala, Onam holds great significance for Keralites. The festival generally falls in the month of August/September and is celebrated across India and the world by people. Onam is marked by the harvest season of the standing crops. 

The festival marks the beginning of the Malayalam year, called Kolla Varsham. Onam is celebrated by people with varied activities, which include Vallam Kali (boat race), Pullaki (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower Rangoli). Onam celebrations span over 10 days and fall on the 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, overlapping with August-September. Onam began this year on August 12 and it will end on August 23.

Significance Of Onam 2021

Onam festival is a symbol of King Mahabali’s annual homecoming. In Kerala, it is believed that King Mahabali’s reign was the most prosperous time for the state. The festival also commemorates the appearance of the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu. Keralites during Onam celebrate the annual visit of Asura King Mahabali from Patal Lok (the underworld). It is believed that on the day of Onam, Asura King visits every Malayali home and meets his people. The festival is celebrated with great pomp among Keralites across the nation and the world.

Onam 2021: Wishes, Quotes And Messages

  • On this auspicious occasion of Onam, may you be showered with good luck, prosperity and happiness. Have a wonderful Onam
  • I hope you celebrate this Onam festival with joy and happiness. Cheers to this auspicious occasion! Happy Onam to you and your family
  • Onam is the time for pookalam on floor, children on swings, tiger clad men with hunters behind them. People enjoying sadyas with family. May this Onam bring joy and prosperity to all.
  • Wishing that King Mahabali blesses you with all that you desire. Happy Onam!

Raksha Bandhan 2021: History, Significance, Date & Timing

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purity and sanctity of the bond that exists between siblings. Raksha means safety and Bandhan means bond. This festival is celebrated between siblings for their undying support and a vow of protection of each other under any dire circumstance. This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 22nd August which falls on Sunday. This festival is full of joy, merriment, exchange of gifts and sweets. Like all other festivals, even Raksha Bandhan has a deeply traditional and cultural significance.

History Of Raksha Bandhan 2021

Raksha Bandhan has its roots in a popular incident described in the epic, Mahabharata. Once Lord Krishna was flying a kite and cut one of his fingers with the thread. Then Draupadi tore a piece from her saree and tied it on Krishna’s finger to stop the bleeding. Moved by the gesture, Krishna promised her that he will protect her from all evils throughout his life.

This day, when sisters tie rakhi, brothers offer them gifts and sweets. Sweet dishes are cooked at home and all family members wear new clothes.

Significance of Raksha Bandhan 2021

According to Hindu norms, a sister applies tilak on her brother’s forehead and ties a rakhi around his wrist, praying for a happy and healthy life. In return, the brother gifts her with something that she likes or gives cash as a token of appreciation and love. This festival has become more of a playful exchange of gifts and understanding. This is more spirited and lightheaded filled with witty banters exchanged between siblings, friends and families. With changing times, tying rakhi is just not limited to brother-sister. People who feel safe and protected are celebrating Raksha Bandhan by tying rakhi to their elder sisters or friends or distant relatives too. The feeling of Raksha Bandhan has always been about feeling safe and protected.

Raksha Bandhan 2021 Timings

Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi, after the decorative thread sisters tie on their brothers’ wrist, in many parts of India. While it can be celebrated all day long, there is a particular time during which this age-old ritual of tying the rakhi should be done.

According to the Hindu Panchang, the Purnima Tithi for Raksha Bandhan 2021 will begin at 7 PM on August 21 and end at 5:31 PM on August 22.

But the auspicious time for tying the rakhi will begin at 6:15 AM on August 22 and continue till 5:31 PM the same evening.

World Photography Day 2021: History, Significance & Quotes

World Photography Day is celebrated every year on 19 August. The day is observed all over the world to celebrated the art, craft, science and history of photography.

Photography is a very important medium of storytelling. Moreover, it is one of the few mediums which can convey a feeling instantly and more effectively than words can. A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an emotion, an experience, an idea, and a moment in time.

World Photography Day: History

History of World Photography Day can be traced back to late 1830s when Louis Daguerre developed the first-ever photographic process by inventing the ‘daguerreotype’. According to, The French Academy of Sciences on 9 January, 1839, announced the process. It was followed by the French government announcing the invention as a gift free to the world on 19 August, 1839.

Therefore, 19 August is celebrated every year is World Photography Day.

World Photography Day: Significance

As mentioned above, Photography is one of the most significant storytelling medium. A good photograph is often timeless. One can appreciate it the day it was clicked and even after 50 years.

Being a visual medium, it also informs and makes us more aware about the world we live in.

World Photography Day 2021: Quotes

When words become unclear, I shall focus on photographs When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence Happy World Photography Day

“Indulging in Photography is like having a love affair with life.”

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know”

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. Happy World Photography Day”

“There is one component the photo needs to contain, the humanity of the moment.”

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving What you have caught on film is captured forever It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything Happy World Photography Day”

“In images, there is a truth so delicate that it turns into greater reality than reality.”

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling If you can’t feel what you’re looking at then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures Happy World Photography Day”

75th Independence Day: History And Significance

15th August every year is celebrated as Independence day. India received freedom from the oppressive rule of the British Empire in 1947 and the Indian national flag was hoisted by the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru above the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in Delhi. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the culmination of our freedom struggle. This day is celebrated across the nation with much ardour and pride, with people coming together to remember the sacrifices of our freedom fighters and leaders who dedicated their lives to liberate our nation. 

The Indian freedom fighters started many movements that in some way or the other helped broke the shackles of slavery after 90 years. From the Revolt of 1857 to sepoy mutiny, there were many movements that were a major benchmark in the fight against Britishers. We owe this freedom to our valiant freedom fighters who didn’t hesitate for once to give up their lives, just so their future generations can breathe the free air of India.

As we commemorate the occasion, let us take a look at the history and significance of this date

History of Independence Day:

The British had ruled over India for almost two centuries, starting from 1757. The British Empire first set foot in India through its trading company called The East India Company in Surat, Gujarat, in 1619. Their rule became oppressive and sowed the seeds of rebellion in the minds of Indians. Leaders and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, and Bhagat Singh heralded the freedom struggle across the nation.

The Indian self-rule movement was a mass-based movement that encompassed various sections of society. It also underwent a process of constant ideological evolution. Once Indians decided to be free of British Raj, the firangis had no option but to leave the country, however, it was not easy. Lord Mountbatten had been given a mandate by the British parliament to transfer the power by June 30, 1948. Watching the impatience of the people, Mountbatten knew, if he had waited till June 1948, in C Rajagopalachari’s memorable words, there would have been no power left to transfer, which is why he advanced the date to August 1947.

It was not easy for the Britishers to give up power and accept the defeat, so they camouflaged it in the name of stopping the bloodshed. Mountbatten claimed that by advancing the date, he was ensuring that there will be no bloodshed or riot. Although he was proven wrong later. He tried to justify himself saying, “wherever colonial rule has ended, there has been bloodshed. That is the price you pay.”

Significance Of August 15

The Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947, and passed within 15 days. On August 15, 1947, the British rule over India ended and marked history. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the tricolour from the Red Fort in Delhi for the first time. Thereafter, every year on Independence Day, the national flag is hoisted at the Red Fort by the incumbent Prime Minister followed by an address to the nation. 

This year, the theme of the celebrations would be ‘Nation First, Always First‘. The Olympians who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics would get special invites for the event.

Nag Panchami 2021: History, Significance, Date, Time & Puja

Nag Panchami or Naga Panchami is celebrated on the Panchami date of Shravan Shukla Paksha. It consists of traditional worship of snakes as they hold an important place among the gods. The day is celebrated by Hindus throughout India, Nepal and other countries with Hindi inhabitants. The snakes are believed to reside in Patala Lok and the lowest of them is known as Naga Loka, the regions of Nagas. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna describes himself as Vasuki among the snakes and Ananta among the serpents.

On the day of Nag Panchami in South India, snakes are made from red sandalwood on wooden posts or idols of snakes in yellow or black colors are made with clay or are bought to be worshipped with milk. People sought their blessings for the well-being of the family. 

Nag Panchami 2021: History and Significance

Snakes are considered to be auspicious according to Hindu religious beliefs. It is believed that the prayers offered on Nag Panchami reach the serpent Gods. Live snakes are worshipped on this day as people consider them the representatives of serpent Gods. There are many serpent Gods, however, the following 12 are worshipped on Nag Panchami.

  • Ananta
  • Vasuki
  • Shesha
  • Padma
  • Kambala
  • Karkotaka
  • Ashvatara
  • Dhritarashtra
  • Shankhapala
  • Kaliya
  • Takshaka
  • Pingala

Nag Panchami 2021 Puja Vidhi, Vrat Vidhi

In many houses, a place of worship is made by smearing ocher on the wall, then a shape of a house is made by rubbing coal in raw milk. Then the images or idols of snakes are made inside that are worshipped. Along with this, some people worship them by making the shape of a snake on both sides of the main door of the house with turmeric, sandalwood ink or cow dung. This festival of Nag Panchami is celebrated to get rid of the fear of snakebite and to get rid of Kaal Sarp Dosh.

On Nag Panchami, milk, sweets and flowers are offered to Naga and cobras. Images or statues of serpent Gods are bathed in milk and then worshipped reciting the following Mantras.

On Nag Panchami, people also observe fast (vrat) and feed the Brahmins. The fast before Nag Panchami is known as Nag Chaturthi or Nagul Chavithi. On this day, digging the earth is forbidden as it might kill the snakes who live inside the earth.

Nag Panchami 2021 Muhurat, Date, Time

This year, Nag Panchami is being celebrated on 13th August 2021, Friday.

Nag Panchami Puja Muhurat = 13 Ausgust from 05:49 AM to 08:28 AM

Duration = 2 hours and 39 minutes

Panchami Tithi Begins = 12th August from 3:24 pm

Panchami Tithi Ends = 13 August till 1:42 pm

Happy Hariyali Teej 2021: Wishes, Quotes, Messages And WhatsApp Greetings

People across the country will observe the monsoon festival Hariyali Teej 2021 today. The Hariyali Teej is marked on the third day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan. It is also called Shravani Teej as it falls in the month of ‘Shravan’ month. There are three teejs that are celebrated throughout the year – Hariyali, Kajari and Hartalika.

According to belief, on the auspicious day of Hariyali Teej, women, who are married, pray for the well being of their husbands. Unmarried women seek Lord Shiva and Parvati’s blessing on this day so that they get an eligible match. This year this auspicious occasion will start from August 10 at 6:08 pm and will go on till 4:56 pm on August 11. Since it is starting in the evening of August 10 it will be celebrate the next day.

Women observe ‘nirjala upvas’, which means not to even drink water, through the day for the blessings of Lord Shiva and Parvati. They also get ready and do ‘Solah Sringar’.

Wishes, Quotes, Messages And WhatsApp Greetings

Wishing your life to be full of happiness, your days full of new experiences and your surroundings full of positivity. May Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati bless you with health and prosperity and protect you from evil. Happy Hariyali Teej!

May this teej bring peace, bliss and abundance in your life. Happy Hariyali Teej 2021.

May Lord Shiva bless you with health and prosperity on the occasion of Kajari Teej. May you and your partner get Goddess Parvati’s blessings. Wishing you a long and happy married life. Happy Hariyali Teej!

Wishing you and your family a happy Hariyali Teej 2020! May Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati shower blessings on you.

With rains and swings, you enjoy the festival of Hariyali Teej dressed in pretty leheriyas to worship Goddess Teej and seek her blessings and love.

Hariyali Teej celebrates the power of women and blessings of Maa Teej which together make a strong combination.

Warm wishes on the auspicious occasion of Hariyali Teej…. May this festival brighten each and every day of your life with the blessings of Mata Teej.

Saavan ka mausam hai aaya, saath mein teej ka tyohar hai laaya….. Khushiyon ka agman ho aur sath mein taraki aur pragati ho…. Teej ki hardik badhai!!!

History And Significance: National Handloom Day 2021

August 7 is observed as National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement and to celebrate our country’s rich fabrics and colourful weaves. This year, India will mark the seventh National Handloom Day to showcase the legacy of the Indian handloom industry and to honour the weavers across the country. The day is dedicated to raise awareness among the public and to increase the contribution towards the socio-economic development of the weavers. The day was first observed in 2015 by the Government of India.


The handloom sector is one of the major symbols of the Indian cultural heritage. It has been an important source of livelihood, especially for women. They form around 70% of the weavers or allied workers in the sector. National Handloom day is celebrated to honour the handloom community and acknowledge their contribution to India’s socio-economic development. The government of India announced August 7 as National Handloom Day to mark the 100th anniversary of the Swadeshi Movement, which started in 1905.

The first National Handloom Day was organised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai. The main aim of this day is to make people aware of the rich history of Indian handloom as synthetic fabrics have taken over the textile industry in the present era. Hence, the day is observed to celebrate India’s rich fabrics and colourful weaves.

Last year, our PM launched several campaigns to help these weavers after the Coronavirus pandemic started disrupting the economy. Several programmes like the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ‘vocal for local’ campaign, and ‘Make in India’ were launched to solidify the country’s positioning in the global textile market.

Last year before lockdown, UK organised an exhibition under the aegis “Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company,” to honour and pay tribute to the painters from India.

Gujarat Artist Makes Ganesh Idol With Vaccine Vial

Ahead of Ganeshotsav in Gujarat’s Vadodara, Dakshesh Jangid makes Ganesh idol, showing him sitting on a vaccine vial, with a syringe beside him and a face mask in hand to raise awareness on Covid-19 protocols and encourage people to get vaccinated.

Amid the relaxations given by the government permitting people to celebrate the festival following Covid-19 protocols, Dakshesh Jangid urges people to stay safe and avoid a third wave in the country.

He has made the idol with a height of about 2.5 feet and added little structures of Covid warriors beside the vial, depicting Covid-19 vaccination.

“I have been making eco-friendly Ganesh idols for the past four years,” he told in an interview.

He further stressed that the idea behind making this is to raise awareness on following Covid-19 protocols and also to get vaccinated in order to prevent a third wave amid relaxations given by the government.

“The message is that we should celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi while following all Covid guidelines this year,” the artist said.

The idol maker said he took two days to make this unique idol. “A team of 3-4 people helped me to make it,” he said.

He added that an organisation that sets up Ganesh mandals on the festival has selected his idol and decided to set up a vaccination camp along with establishing this idol on Ganeshotsav.

Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day festival that starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada, will start on September 10 this year.

Belgium’s Africa Museum Begins Process To Return Stolen Art To Congo

From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of artworks including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Belgium’s Africa Museum, once a celebration of the country’s colonial rule, will begin a multi-year process of returning stolen art to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Belgian government said on Tuesday.

From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of art works including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers.

Following a 66-million-euro ($78 million) overhaul of the Africa Museum to take a more critical view of Belgium’s colonial past, the government is ready to meet DRC calls for restitution.

“The approach is very simple: everything that was acquired through illegitimate means, through theft, through violence, through pillaging, must be given back,” Belgian junior minister Thomas Dermine told Reuters. “It doesn’t belong to us.”

Millions of Congolese are estimated to have died from the late 19th century when Congo was first a personal fiefdom of King Leopold II, before becoming a colony of the Belgian state.

Belgium will transfer legal ownership of the artefacts to DRC. But it will not immediately ship artworks to the country from the museum in Tervuren, just outside Brussels, unless they are specifically requested by DRC authorities.

That is partly because the museum, which has proved popular since its renovation and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors before the Covid-19 pandemic, wants to keep artefacts on display. One option is to pay a loan fee to DRC.

Belgium says the Congolese authorities are conscious of the bigger audience in Belgium compared to DRC, which is one of the world’s poorest countries, according to the United Nations. It has few cultural centres or storage facilities.

“The museum believes it will be able to cooperate with the Congolese authorities, as is common among international institutions, to keep the objects in Belgium via loan agreements,” said museum director Guido Gryseels.

The museum also has a huge number of artefacts whose provenance is unclear. It hopes to use a team of scientists and experts over the next five years to identify them and to separate those that were acquired legally by the museum.

“In five years with a lot of resources we can do a lot, but it could be work for the next 10 to 20 years to be absolutely sure of all the objects we have, that we know the precise circumstances in which they were acquired,” Gryseels said.

Placide Mumbembele Sanger, a professor of anthropology at the University of Kinshasa who is working at the museum in Tervuren, said the process was a simple one.

“These are objects going back to their natural context so I don’t see why we should ask so many questions,” he said. “It’s as if you go out and someone steals your wallet and the person asks you whether or not you are ready to have it back.”

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