Diwali, celebrated over a period of five days, is the grandest of all the Hindu festivals. Diwali, which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, is awaited very eagerly by everyone. This festival of lights is commemorated to mark the arrival of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. And, it is believed that on the dark night of Amavasya, Goddess Lakshmi enters only those homes which are clean, bright and well decorated. Hence, as Diwali approaches, people get busy with cleaning and decorating their homes, usually with a new coat of paint. Here in this article, you will find a variety of decorative tips to make your home dazzle and glimmer this Diwali.
Diwali Home Decoration Ideas and Tips
Diyas and Candles
Diwali can never be complete without the glow of the traditional earthen diyas. But, with time, the traditional diya has largely gone through a designer makeover. Presently, a wide variety of diyas are available in the market to cater to your needs. You can find diyas ranging in various shapes, sizes and designs, and for all you spendthrifts out there, you can buy those gold and silver diyas, engraved with semi precious gems. So, place those glowing diyas in the entrance, by the windows, along the staircase, or in and around the rangolis. Try out some creative patterns as you place the diyas at the entrance.
Just like the traditional diyas, candles can also be used to beautify homes during Diwali. Gone are the days when candles were used only during power cuts. Candles, nowadays, come in various shapes and artistic designs. And do not forget to get those aromatic candles to freshen up the air inside your home and create a soothing atmosphere. You can also go for an assortment of candles and diyas at the entrance to jazz up things a bit.
During Diwali, the womenfolk draw rangoli patterns in home, most importantly at the entrance to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. A variety of patterns and colors are used while making rangolis while in northern India, small footprints are drawn all over the house to welcome the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi. Commonly made with rice, pulses, powdered turmeric and flower petals, rangolis are now increasingly made using synthetic colors as well. Use your creativity to make some exquisite rangoli patterns. Place a diya in the center of the rangoli for that added touché.
Electric lights and lamps are the most commonly used decorative items during Diwali. You can cover the entire exteriors of your house with strings of colorful LED lights, while for the interiors, you can use ornamental chandeliers. Lamps, which come in various shapes and sizes, can be placed in your backyard, lobby or the staircase while you may also hang them along the balcony. Since these electric lights come in a wide price range, you can buy them according to your budget.
There can be nothing more natural than flowers to decorate your homes this Diwali. String the flowers into garlands and roll them around the staircase handles or in the walls and spread their fragrance throughout your home. If you have got any empty vase around, fill them with some aromatic flowers. You can choose from a variety of flowers like rose, lilies, jasmines, marigolds, etc.
Torans or hangings are another decoration idea to beautify your home. Doorways should be well decorated as they are the first thing noticed by any visitor. Mango leaves, considered auspicious on Diwali, can be stringed together and hanged on top of the door. Fresh flowers can also be used to make torans. In the market, you can find a variety of torans made from beads, mirrors, sayings, and so on.