In India, Diwali is the time for spring-cleaning of the house and to give it a fresh and bright new look with fancy decorations. Every year on the festival of Diwali people give a fresh coat of paint to their house and decorate it with something traditional yet trendy. Even if people do not get anything new, they change the setting of the furniture or the artifacts to give their abode a resplendent new avatar.
Traditional Diwali Decorations
There are a whole lot of traditional decorations associated with the festival of Diwali. These are being carried out since ages and are enhanced every year with new ideas and techniques to suit modern tastes and requirements.
Bandanwar or Door-Hangings
Bandanwars are a traditional decorative for the festival of Diwali. These help to give a festive charm to the house. Usually people put up door-hangings embellished with embroidery, bells or mirrors on the main entrance door of the house and also the door of their worship room.
To welcome Lakshmi Ma or the Goddess of Wealth, womenfolk prepare elaborate Rangloli patterns in the front courtyards or the entrance of the house. Rangoli is the colourful geometric pattern prepared on the floor with colored sawdust, chalk, flour or rice-grain. A lot of creativity and hard work goes into the making of Rangoli. The beauty of Rangoli is further enhanced with the Diwali traditional earthen diyas.
Diyas and Candles
Diyas and candles are an intrinsic part of Diwali decorations. People love to illuminate every nook and corner of their house with diyas and candles that come in interesting and artistic designs on the occasion of Diwali.
As Diwali is the Festival of Lights people love to add glamour to their house with an extra bit of illumination. Hence, decorative lamps are quite popular. These come in various materials ranging from simple rice paper to glass, brass and marble. You may choose anything depending on your taste and budget.
Diwali Decoration Gift Ideas
Besides being a major gift giving festival, Diwali in India is an occasion to give a bright new look to homes as the festival is celebrated as a New Year time by Hindus. No wonder, decorative pieces are extremely popular as Diwali Gifts. Most commonly gifted decorative items include showpieces, ethnic wall hangings, paintings, decorated pots besides bed/cushion/table covers and bells. Diyas, candles, lamps and bandanwars of course, are popular choices as Diwali gifts as these depict the joyous and beautiful spirit of Diwali Festival.