Diwali decoration ideas
Diwali decoration is important given the adage the, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”, which simply means that cleanliness is very important in our life. It is our moral duty to keep ourselves and our homes clean. All gods and goddesses also value cleanliness a lot. Hence, while doing any worship, people stress cleanliness. So, before giving an invitation to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and Goddess Saraswati, people clean their homes and decorate them using various items.
Diwali – The Festival of Light
Diwali is the biggest festival of Hindus. People wait for Diwali with great excitement. It is also an occasion, where people clean their homes, shops, and offices. They throw away old and worn-out items, which are no more in use, as these items are believed to attract ‘daridrataa’ (negative energy). Many people even whitewash their houses, to give them a new and clean look.
Diwali and Decoration:
Since people clean and whitewash their homes, they like to decorate them as well. A decorated house always looks better than a normal house. It pleases gods as well. So, people try different and innovative ideas to decorate their homes. A decorated house not only gets you praise from your neighbours, friends, and relatives but also please Goddess Laxmi.
People use different materials to decorate their homes, shops, and offices. The common items are using lights, flower garlands, paper garlands, and series of LED lights. These days there are many Chinese products available in the market, which are used for decoration. But, if you are looking for some out-of-the-box ideas for decoration, then read on:
Diwali Decoration Ideas for Home:
Home is where the heart is. We spend a lot of time in our house. And that’s why it is important that our dream house looks the way, we want it. And Diwali is one occasion to decorate our dream home.
Going along with the festive mood, to decorate our home, we can use various items. We can use a judicious mix of lights, diyas, rangoli, flowers, candles, urlis, and other items to get the desired look. Given below are some simple, yet appealing decoration ideas that are sure to jazz up your home and enlighten the mood of everyone in your family. Not to mention, the compliments that you will receive from your friends, neighbours, and relatives.
These decoration ideas will change the complete ambiance of your home and make it a space ready to welcome everyone, and most importantly Goddess Lakshmi. The best part is that the materials used here are available locally or online. All you need is a bit of creativity, and with little planning, you would steal the show.
- The entrance to your home is the most important place, as that’s what most people see, and it creates a good first impression. To decorate your entrance, you may use different types of ‘bandhanwar’ (also called toran in some places), flowers, diyas, and lanterns. Some people even use dupattas to decorate the entrance. These bandhanwars can be of natural flowers like marigold along with mango leaves, or even artificial flowers. You can decorate your entrance with artificial flowers. You may use artificial flowers in the form of dropdowns, wall hangings, or even bouquets.
2. One of the most traditional and beautiful ideas to decorate the entrance is rangoli. You can create a rangoli using colours, flowers, grains, pulses, mirror pieces, or a combination of these elements. To add the beauty of this rangoli, you can place diyas at strategic points on the rangoli, which will jazz up your rangoli, especially at night, when you light the diyas.
3. Another great idea to decorate your entrance is having an ‘urli’ near the rangoli. An urli is actually a big circular brass tray, which is filled with water. Then floating flowers or floating candles are placed on the water. These floating pieces of decoration add a mystic and ethnic dimension to the festive décor.
4. Once inside the house, you may decorate your guest room with little decorations at strategic places. You can place urn-shaped flower vases and put artificial flowers in them. You may place some artifacts on your centre table or some other prominent place.
5. Last, but definitely most important is your pooja room, where you are going to do Laxmi Poojan. You may decorate your temple with a traditional Rajasthani backdrop. The backdrop may be adorned with a bandhanwar, pearl strings, and peacock feather. Marigold and mango leafs bandhanwar may adorn the door to your pooja room. Near the pooja area, you may draw Goddess Lakshmi footprints and swastika, which are considered auspicious and also enhance the beauty of the décor. In the Hindu culture, the swastika has great importance and symbolizes well-being, prosperity, and good health.
Diwali Decoration Ideas for Offices:
After our home, the second place, we spend a lot of our time is our place of work, which could be office or shop. So, it’s but natural that we would want to decorate this place, which is nothing less than a second home for many people.
Given below are some decoration ideas, which will give your office a lively and festive look instead of a dull and dreary look. Since offices are closed on Diwali, a good time is to decorate the office during the Diwali office party.
- As usual, Rangoli is a very good idea to communicate the festive look. You may create beautiful patterns on the floor using colours, flowers, or diyas.
2. Another interesting idea to decorate your office is using paper toran, which can be made easily using coloured paper. Or you may get ready-made paper frills from the market and hang them at the doors and near the cubicles.
3. You may decorate the office notice board with colourful and attractive posters and greeting cards. These may be arranged in some pattern to enhance its look. You may also have a place, where senior people can write some messages on post-it notes, which may be posted here. It acts as a good motivation tool for the staff.
4. You may give your office an ethnic look by putting simple yet elegant terracotta diyas or decorative diya. These are easily available at local potter and add brightness to your office ambiance.
5. Decorating the office with flowers is also a nice idea. You may place sweet-smelling flowers in the waiting area and elsewhere, which will give a soothing feel to your employees and visitors.
6. Since Diwali is a festival of lights, so how can we miss it? Nowadays, there are smart lights that change colours and sparkling lights in different colours and effects. You may use coloured lanterns to create a wow look. At night, they look beautiful and add glamour to your décor.
7. To give a festive look to the office, you may use multi-coloured dupattas which can be used as drop downs and wall-hangings, which create a party mood.
8. One more decoration idea is making use of clay pots and vessels. The pots, which hold plants, can be painted in an artistic manner to create vibrancy around the area.
9. There are many different kinds of tile stickers available, which can be placed on staircases, or corridors to give a festive look.
- Last, but definitely in tune with the festive mood. We can place idols or statues of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.
Q. 1: What is the meaning of the age-old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”?
Ans: This saying simply means that cleanliness is very important in our life. And it is our moral duty to keep ourselves and our homes clean.
Q. 2: Which is the most common and oldest decoration idea on Diwali?
Q. 3: What does swastika symbolize?
Ans: In the Hindu culture, the swastika has great importance and symbolizes well-being, prosperity, and good health.
Q. 4: What is bandhanwar?
Ans: Bandhanwar, also called Toran in some places, is a traditional door hanging, which is made by making a garland of mango leaves and marigold flowers. These torans are used to decorate the entrance of the house and other rooms during Diwali.
Q. 5: What is an urli?
Ans: An urli is a big circular brass tray, which is filled with water. Then floating flowers or floating candles are placed on the water. These floating pieces of decoration add a mystic and ethnic dimension to the festive décor.
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