Maple Ridge school showcases ancient art of rangoli for Diwali

November 24, 2023

By Colleen Flanagan, The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News

Students at an elementary school in Maple Ridge learned more about the ancient Indian art form of rangoli in celebration of Diwali.

English Language Learners, (ELL), at Fairview Elementary made their intricate, geometrical designs using brightly coloured powder on paper plates.

Sikh students from Grades 1 to 7 wore traditional clothes and worked in pairs on the designs last Tuesday, Nov. 14.

According to Google Arts and Culture, rangoli, which comes from the Sanskrit word Rangavalli, means rows of colours.

“Rangoli is a traditional art form from India that started thousands of years ago, and it has spiritual and historical significance for Sikhs, Hindus and Jains,” explained ELL teacher Harjit Chauhan.

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