According to the solar calendar, Makar Sankranti and Thai Pongal, also known as Pongal, are traditional Hindu festivals announcing the start of the harvest season. Celebrated in mid-January, several states in India honor this change in seasons by creating beautiful Rangoli designs outside their homes with materials like brightly colored sand. Also known as ‘muggu’ by the locals in Southern India, they are generally made by designing over a series of dots into elaborate, bright patterns.
On the eve of the Makar Sankranti/Pongal festival, our Copart India Technology Center (CITC) hosted a Rangoli competition. Eight teams entered the competition where they gave their best shot at impressing the judges. Though this practice is typically a woman’s expertise, male staff provided great support in this equal effort competition!
The designs were judged by Copart QA Software Engineers Aswini Keesara and Purvi Sinha who selected the winners and runner up teams. Security Manager David Scaff was also in attendance at the competition where he gave away prizes to the winning teams.