Diwali comes only once every year, which is exactly why you should go a little out of your way to make it enjoyable and memorable.
Go Ethnic This Diwali
The festival of lights has an ethnic flavour. Diwali is the ideal occasion to wear that valuable sari from your home state or favourite traditional outfits, complete with Kundan jewellery and genuine jutis. They’re perfect for Diwali celebrations, festivals, and poojas. Make sure, however, that your Diwali attire is secure. Because Diwali will be filled with lights, diyas, and fire, choose textiles that are not combustible.
Enjoy the Warmth of Traditional Diyas
Without diyas, what is Diwali? Why not go old school this year and adorn your home with clay diyas (traditional oil lamps), lanterns, and candles to add warmth and light? To begin, lighting diyas and candles with your loved ones and placing them about the house will be a fun experience. You’ll also save energy by not using as much power to light up sophisticated electric illuminations and LED lights. Furthermore, you will be illuminating the lives of individuals whose livelihood is based on the production and sale of diyas. Isn’t this, after all, what Diwali is all about? Bring that tranquil ray of light into your home this Diwali!
Accept the No-Crackers Concept
The excitement of Diwali is incomplete without the bursting of firecrackers. We concur! However, the heavy metals and hazardous chemicals produced by these crackers contribute to the rising pollution levels. Crackers have also been linked to accidents, injuries, and health problems. The easiest way to avoid this is to celebrate Diwali without crackers. You may also choose the recently released eco-friendly crackers with a low sound level but an excellent enjoyment. To put it another way, you’ll be able to enjoy the thrill of cracking crackers without harming the environment. Isn’t that a good plan?
Greetings from the Floral Splendor
Colourful rangolis are an essential part of Diwali celebrations. While rangolis produced with artificial colours may appear to be beautiful, they are not safe. The majority of artificial colours include hazardous chemicals that are damaging to your health and the environment. Why not skip the fake hues this Diwali and go for some real ones? Yes, we’re talking about utilizing flowers to give your rangolis a distinct freshness, beauty, and smell. You may easily combine and combine different flowers to create unique designs. It’s time to let your inner creative beast go!
Make a list of the items you’ll need to purchase.
Diwali is a time when you have a lot of items to buy for your family and relatives. You wish to purchase clothing, accessories, jewellery, chocolates, and other items for them. As a result, you must prepare a list of what you need to acquire. It’s best to stay away from needless or extravagant purchases. You may save money if you organize your spending ahead of time. Make an effort to restrict the number of shopping excursions you take. Remember to have a list of goods you need to buy with you when you go shopping. It’s also a good idea to plan your driving/travelling itinerary ahead of time to save time and gas. Try to complete your Diwali buying and gift wrapping a week before the festival.
Alert! Do not go to a crowded market since the government has issued a warning about the possibility of a COVID third wave. Visit malls instead of marketplaces to take advantage of Diwali deals on home products, toys, and apparel. It’s crucial to spend time with your family.
Select ‘Greener Gifts’ this Diwali
There’s no disputing that the gift-giving custom adds to Diwali’s charm, and many spend a lot of time and money choosing gifts for their loved ones. Take a time this year to consider if you’re giving both healthful and environmentally beneficial presents. For example, instead of firecrackers, candies, and chocolates, wouldn’t it be a fantastic idea to give your loved one’s plants? You may select various alternatives, including culinary herbs, bonsai, indoor plants, feng shui plants, terrariums, and other eco-friendly presents. Instead of buying harmful presents, the aim is to spend money on feelings.
Keep Plastics Out
You won’t be able to enjoy a green Diwali unless you make an effort to celebrate a clean Diwali, one devoid of plastics. And yes, you heard us correctly – NO PLASTICS! If you’re determined enough, breaking away from the hold of plastics isn’t tricky. Make it a point to avoid using any form of plastic during Diwali. Choose plastic-free alternatives for everything from present wrap and gifting bags to boxes containing Diwali sweets, inexpensive plastic decorations, and everything in between.
Makeover Your Home
This is an excellent opportunity to give your home a fresh, new look. If your home looks like a dump, it’s time to adjust your socks and get ready for a major cleaning project. Doing it all by yourself may be a lot of fun sometimes. If you are one of those who like to keep their homes tidy, you can change how they are decorated. To create a joyful atmosphere, consider painting your walls a new colour, getting a new curtain, and filling the house with flowers and spotlights.
Socialize This Deepawali
Almost everyone is in the mood and, more importantly, available to celebrate during Diwali. It’s the best time to catch up with people when you don’t have the stress of imminent work on your mind. Either visit them or plan a meet-up in your own home. In keeping with the holiday spirit, arranging for games and entertainment along with dinner may be an excellent opportunity to have some fun while also catching up on some lost time. Make it a family event.
During festivals, the phrase “family comes first” is especially true. Spending Diwali with your family strengthens your relationship. If you live far away from your family, get your plane tickets and spend time with the people that mean the most to you. The pampering that you will receive from your family is only a bonus. Also, watch out for COVID!
Donate to charity
You are having a wonderful time with your family, but not everyone is as lucky as you. Hundreds of thousands of youngsters live on the streets or work as child labourers, and Diwali is simply another day in their lives. Just a little bit from your wallet for the unfortunates, and make a check to NGOs that help the less fortunate. God will bless you!
Written by Seemaa Eathirajan