Getting Creative this Diwali 2011
Diwali is a festival of lights and sound. These five days are the most auspicious and anticipated days of the year. Hindus wait for these days to come as they bring with them lots of happiness and excitements in their lives. It's also one of the times when families come together and spend quality time with each other. This has become very important these days as the concept of nuclear families and hectic schedules are widely popular. People hardly get any time to visit each other. Hence Diwali is just a sweet excuse that we need to meet our dear and near ones.
Dominance of new over old
During Diwali, markets are flooded with heaps of wonderful diyas, kandils and beautiful colors of rangoli. Everything looks so colorful everywhere. Gone are the days, when we would light the simple earthen diyas all over the verandah. Now designer, floating and creative diyas dominate our windows and verandas. Even the concepts of kandils have changed in these couple of years. Various Chinese Kandils and other decorative kandils throng the market.
It's more about adding a creative touch. Certainly these diyas and kandils are more expensive than the regular ones. But still, these kandils and diyas definitely add a dazzling touch to Diwali.
Getting Creative this Diwali 2011
The fact remains unchanged that the new introduced designer diyas and colorful kandils definitely look good, but are very expensive. But once you place them in your house and light them, they make your house look beautiful. So, what if there is a way that you light these diyas in your verandah, though you don't pay much for it. Yes, it's definitely possible as making these diyas and kandils is very easy. All you need is a bit of thinking and little time. Now that Diwali is a week ahead, we definitely have ample time in our hands.
What you need to do is use all the old earthen diyas and get a little creative with them. Use some Fevicryl colours and unused items present in your house, like bindis, decorative laces, pieces of bandhni cloth and craft materials to get going. The best way to start with these is to start collecting all the material that exists in your house, which you thought, would be a waste. Start painting the diyas with the fevicryl colours and as soon as they dry stick any items to look creative.
Diwali 2011 Workshops
Finally, if at all you aren't able to scratch your head and think of something, don't worry! Just go through the local newspapers or Google Search. There are several workshops conducted throughout each and every city by few housewives or private classes to give you that bit of a training to get going.
Additionally, many shopping malls and companies conduct such workshops with an intention of publicizing and boosting sales of their products. These workshops are conducted in various categories including diya decoration, clay flowers, flower decoration, decorative kandils and many other things. Many companies including Fevicryl organize such events during this period.
So, get creative this Diwali and make something of your own. Its more fun in making a kandil of your own rather than getting a Chinese kandil for your house. The output that you get is definitely satisfying and that personal touch you just added to this items that lit up your house this Diwali 2011 would be beyond words.