Rangoli is a traditional art practiced across India and called by different names such as Kolam in South India, Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowk purana in North India and Aripana in Bihar. It is a geometric or floral design/pattern filled with vibrant colors and flowers which is generally put at the entrance of the door and at the center of a courtyard.
Indians usually welcome the Hindu deities such as Lakshmi, to bring good luck, but it is also said to control the ants in people’s houses with the Rangoli designs in courtyard. Traditionally done by women, the typical Rangoli designs have a round shape, but can be square or rectangular as well. First the outer Rangoli pattern is drawn on a flat, smooth surface (i.e. using sidewalk chalk). Later this line drawing can be filled with various powders of different colors. These powders can consist of colored rice grains, dry flour or fine sands. Instead of colored powders or sands, flowers or petals can be used as well (Flower Rangoli). Oil lamps (Diyas) are often placed inside the Rangolis.
Here we have few designs to decorate your front yard.