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Virtual Rangoli Art Workshop for Diwali, "The Festival of Lights"

When Monday, November 1, 2021, 5 – 6 PM

Sponsor Asian Art Museum

Event Location Online

Cost Free

Categories After Five, Kids & Families, Webcasts & Online, Workshops


Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most important holidays in India and around the world—including in Washington, DC. It is a deeply symbolic festival marked by several days of celebrations. Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and truth over ignorance and reminds us that light conquers darkness and hope overcomes despair. To celebrate this significant holiday, the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art are hosting a virtual rangoli art workshop. In this all-ages workshop led by DC-area artist Shanthi Chandrasekar, make an accordion book with rangoli-themed designs from materials you can easily find at home. Rangoli decoration—traditionally designs made of powdered minerals and other natural materials—is thought to bring good luck, prosperity, and wealth to a family and can be used to welcome guests. Register and join the event here:

Materials needed for this at-home, virtual workshop: Colored pens or pencils, glue, scissors, ruler, and template printed one-sided on white paper.

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