Diwali 2012 is one of the most awaited festivals in India. Over the years, the spirit of this festival has spread all over the world. People eagerly await the chance to spread Diwali greetings during the festival and the preparations are now starting much earlier – sometimes as much as a month before the day actually arrives.
The preparations for Diwali start with the quick fix renovations around the house such as touching up the paint, experimenting with different furniture arrangements, cleaning from top to bottom, and planning for the ways to decorate the house in style.
The first step is to layout a colorful Rangoli design (colored motif) on the doorstep. These designs are usually made by connecting dots in interesting patterns however you can go by any free hand design. Special Rangoli colors are available in the market. You can also decorate with flowers, Diwali lanterns (diyas) and colorful grains.
Fresh flowers can be used in every corner of the house to bring a nice, fresh and festive look to your place. The popular flowers that are used in Diwali are marigold, roses and jasmine. You can use any one or a mix of your favorite flowers. They can be displayed in flower vases and on serving plates.
Diwali lanterns (diyas) are the most important part. The significance of Diwali diyas relates to light. The brighter your house the merrier it looks! You can use the diyas and candles on the windows for decorating. Colorful strings of bulbs are used to decorate the roofs, doors and windows frames. Many decorative and exotic Diwali lanterns are available in the market that you can use to hang in the house. Scented candles will add a soft glow to your house and emit a nice fragrance too. You can use the plain candles to decorate outside the house. It’s also fairly easy to paint and arrange the diyas yourself.
Paper lamps are easily available in the market and can be made at home too. You can hang them both inside and outside the house. You can also hang them in place of your usual lampshades and create a festive look in a jiffy.
Torans (Indian door garlands) are also a great way to decorate your home this Diwali. These are traditionally made of marigold flowers and mango leaves but you can use anything you want.