A form of rangoli (as it is called in Northern parts of India), Aipan is a traditional decoration made in front of houses with a variety of ingredients like flower petals, coloured rice or flour. The most common form, however, is the design made with white rice paste over a red floor. The designs are often inspired by nature but also include a lot of geometric elements. It is practiced mainly in the state of Uttarakhand by Kumaoni women. The designs are believed to be so auspicious that they have the power to bring good luck and ward off evil, before it can enter the household. Because of its auspiciousness, some people also decorate their home temples with these traditional designs.

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