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Kolams, chowkpurana, madana, aripana...

In south India, especially Kerala, flowers are used to create rangolis, particularly in the festive season.

In Tamil Nadu, such decorative patters are made out of rice powder paste and are known as kolams.

Here are some other popular names for the art of rangoli; in North India, it is called chowkpurana; in Rajasthan, it is called madana and it Bihar it is called aripana.

Image: A woman creates a huge rangoli on the floor of a shopping centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to mark the Deepavali festival (2003). Hindus from across the world celebrate Deepavali or festival of lights, which signifies the triumph of good over evil, when Hindu homes are adorned with oil-lamps or light and colorful drawings to signify the victory of their Lord Krishna over the demon Narkasuka. Photograph: Jewel Samad/ AFP/ Getty Images

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