Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls on 22 October this year. Deepavali is an ancient festival celebrated by Hindu devouts and the Indian community every year.
It is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, and his wife Sita, to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. People lit their houses with lamps to shine the way for Rama and Sita. It is also to celebrate the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi. The lights are burnt to light the way to her house.

Other than lights, people will also decorate the front of their houses with Kolams, paintings done with rice powder, chalk powder or white rock powder. Most of these have intricate patterns but there are also some simple ones.

Take a look below at some of these beautiful Kolam designs:
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Peacock is always a prominent feature in most Kolam designs. It is an animal highly regarded as auspicious, a symbol of beauty and integrity. Hence the reason why it is one of the most used imageries when it comes to Kolam designs.
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This colourful Kolam features Lord Ganesha, the Lord of Prosperity and Luck, in the middle of its design. It is brightly coloured to signify joys and Lord Ganesha is of course there to give his blessings to his devout followers.
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Not all Kolam designs are brightly colored, take this pure white creation for example. There is a dash of light pink in the intricate pattern, but other than that it is pristinely white. It no doubt takes hours to perfect such a delicate design, but the end result is worth it.
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Here’s another design that does not feature bright colours. Utilising only the colour blue , this Kolam designer has managed to produce a simple design, just a simple image of a blooming flower, which somehow manages to exude a calming sense. 
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Not only is this design cheerfully colourful, it also shines beautifully with all the little lamps surrounding it. As Deepavali is after all the festival that celebrates with lights, it is only appropriate that an ornate design such as this is lit with celebratory lights.
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This unique design shows off two peacocks. It is a simple design, but the different shades of colours utilised here give the Kolam a beautiful look with depth. The calmness depicted by the resting birds in the Kolam design is also very soothing to the minds and eyes of its spectators.
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Another main source of inspiration for Kolam designs, other than the Gods and peacocks, is flowers. Kolam designers draw inspiration from nature to produce these beauties. Here is one example where the bright colours of flowers are beautifully incorporated into a design. 
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