Rangoli art typically features simple geometric, floral or animal designs in bright colors. Traditionally the designs are laid out on floors or courtyards and inexpensive natural materials such as colored rice, spices and flowers are used.
The traditions of creating Rangoli are passed down in families through generations, and Rangoli art is a part of many religious and special occasions such as Diwali. Rangoli art for Diwali often features depictions of Hindu deities. The idea of selecting auspicious symbols is important to Rangoli art. Swastikas, which are an old symbol of good luck and health, sometimes appear in Rangoli art.