Diwali: The Eco-Friendly Way

When it comes to festivities, the big fat Diwali celebration is the first thing that comes to our minds. The decorations, the bright and flamboyant atmosphere and the sweets make everyone excited for the festival of Diwali. From the colorful rangolis to beautiful decorations, Diwali is one of the most bright, glittering and vibrant festivals of the year. Diwali comes with its own charm and no other festival can ever match up with the zeal and aura of this festival. Along with the colorful Indian attires, everyone decorates their homes and make them look festive season ready! True, isn’t it? Diwali engages the whole world in the conspiracy of love with its charm and decorations. The tradition of Diwali has a very long history and it symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.

The traditional way of decorating and celebrating Diwali takes a lot more time and it starts almost a month before it actually arrives. Agreed? Much before Diwali, everybody throws away unwanted items, cleans and repaints their homes as it is believed that Goddess Laxmi graces those homes that are absolutely clean. Then comes the decoration with different and hand-made accessories like hangings, colorful rangolis and diyas in a very traditional pattern at the doorways. And like any other occasion, the best part about Diwali is the ‘mithai’. No one can ever replace the happiness that comes from home made sweets. With many different options available in the market, people, for the old sake tradition prepare lots of sweets and savouries at homes. Sev, gujiya, chivda, laddoos, barfi and the lists of such endless items are prepared several days before. The traditional Diwali was celebrated by preparing each and every single thing at home and then distributing and spreading happiness to friends and relatives.  

Diwali Decor

Ever wonder how this festival has changed itself and has evolved into a new and different one. There was a time when people used to show their emotions towards this huge festival by starting the decorations of their houses a month before. They themselves renovated the old things into a new and different ones. People used to come together as one big family and celebrate the festival all together. Do you still remember how your mother used to make diyas at home with all those glitters and mirrors, and reinvented different and unique things from the waste material?If you go and ask your elders they would tell you stories about how traditional decorations and celebrations were done. The antiques and old pieces of artwork they created themselves for the festival of Diwali dominated the entire decoration. The excitement they hold for this biggest festival of India. Remember the time when you used to decorate a plate with multicolor paper, arrange the sweets on it and then exchange it with your neighbours? The gorgeous lights on the outside and the decorative hangings inside make Diwali even more enhanced and joyous. Well, there is something really special about waking up to the smell of delicacies and a well decorated house. The joy that comes together cannot be equated by celebrating alone. And that was the essence of ‘old and gold time’. Everyone came together, did a little something extra to make Diwali more polished and shimmery. In the ancient time, the festival of lights held a captivation to make strong bonding with friends and family. Diwali is believed to be the festival that holds every bond together and makes every relationship pure and divine.Take a flashback of your warm memories of nostalgia and remember decorating your home, lighting earthen diyas, indulging in yummy sweets, dressing up in new attires and extended meetings to friends and families.

While the festive spirit remains the same, the way of celebrating them has changed since then in numerous ways. For instance, we all have shifted from the handmade decorations to the artificial ones. Take the lighting, for example. Earlier there used to be diyas and candles lightened up everywhere spreading the message of victory of light over darkness. People used to stay up all night just to make the diyas lit up all night long. But now we just go for a much easier option, the artificial lights! All we do is switch the button on and we are done on the lighting part! Though this sounds as a very convenient option, but it still lacks the essence of the actual tradition. And what was the most colorful part about diwali? That’s right, the rangolis. People used to take out their time to plan the designs and colors for their rangolis. They were the show stealers of the night. And now, either people don’t count rangolis in their decorations or they just go to the market, buy the sticker rangolis and place it in front of their doorsteps!

The most important part of the house during Diwali is the mandir. People bring flowers, garlands, lights and diyas to decorate the divine place of their homes. The mandir is decorated beautifully and the novel murtis of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are placed for worship.

Here are some decorative ideas that can assist you to restructure your house this Diwali-

  1. 1.    Entrance- Diwali is the festival of people coming home. So if your entrance is appealing then half your work is done! Luckily for us, we have so many options that provide ready made Bandhanwars that will add a charm to your entire Diwali decoration. These Bandhanwars are made up of bells, leaves, flowers, mirrors, hangings and embroiling. You can choose the best one according to your choice and your décor.
  2. 2.    Flower Decoration- Flowers are evergreen! You can use them any day at any occasion and they won’t let you down. The fresh fragrance and the pleasing colors add more to the purity that the festival brings along with it. Not only for decoration, flowers are always a go ahead for the purpose of gifting. A sweet little bouquet can bring smile on the faces of your loved ones.
  3. 3.    Diyas and Candles- Diwali is incomplete without diyas! Place the lighted diyas around your home and on the staircase to welcome everybody in your home with lights. You can any day go for the simple traditional diyas made from mud or you can pick as per your choice from the variety of decorated diyas available in the market. You can choose from the different patterns, sizes and budget for that matter.
  4. 4.    Decorative Lamps-Decorative lamps and lanterns add a certain charm and elegance to the lighting of your house. You can use different colors, shapes and sizes of lamps to brighten up your Diwali décor. Also, if you have a small garden in your house, use fairy lights to add the cherry on the cake.

Here is another tip, as we are all digitalizing, you can get amazingly creative ideas for your Diwali decoration on youtube. Look out for some DIYs on Diwali décor and you are all set to hype up your Diwali decoration with quick and easy DIYs.

Though the celebration of Diwali has transformed in almost every way from decorations to gifting, Diwali is still the most favorite time of the year for all of us. The feeling of joy and warmth in the air can make anyone feel fresh, blooming and different. But a shift in perception has changed the luminance of Diwali. From the involvement of people in decorations to the everyday rounds to the market to buy lights and candles have somehow changed the tradition of Diwali. From sweets and fruits to fancy gifts, the overall fascination has taken over. Where earlier, people used to show their emotions and feelings by fabricating everything hand-made, but now people do not have much time to take out to make something that mark or holds the value of the occasion. Almost everyone goes on with the fairy lights along windows and doors to add festive cheer with minimal effort.

Do let us know in the comment section below what do you like about Diwali and how you decorate your surroundings on this occasion.