Introducing you to Rangoli

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Shared by: Dr Anjum Joad, APHN member

This is a photo of the Palliative Care department Nurse in charge with a rangoli made in the main hospital lobby of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and research Centre, Jaipur, India. The photo was taken last year at the World Hospice Palliative Care Day.

What is a Rangoli: Using white material like flour, chalk, sand, paint or flour, the artist marks a centre-point on the ground and cardinal points around it, usually in a square, hexagon or circle.. Ramifying that initially-simple pattern creates an intricate and beautiful design with motifs from nature. It is usually created to mark the celebration of a festival like Deepawali, but the department used it to celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day last year.

The words written in Hindi ” har pal yahan jee bhar jiyo” translates to ” Live fully …each moment of your life”.

A large balloon was flooded to create awareness for the cause. The new daycare facility was also inaugurated on 10th October.

Do you have any such interesting displays or photos to share with us? Do email them with a short description to Joyce at [email protected]phn.org today!