Old Traditions, New Tricks: Unique Ways to Celebrate Diwali
Glimmering lights, aromatic food and the sound of laughter – Diwali is finally here. Most families have a fixed tradition they stick to which involves shopping for clothes from the same store, buying the same sweets and decorating the house the same way. This year, mix things up a bit and make Diwali less predictable and more enjoyable. Here are some new things you can try.
This Diwali, instead of relying on just store-bought sweets and savories to give friends and families, find simple recipes for the same and make them at home. This doesn’t have to be a job left to the women of the house – husbands and children can join in to create some treats together.
Decorate the Plate
When you arrange the items to distribute to guests and neighbors, add a little something to make it more personal. This can be a hand-written note, a little diya or even a cute candle. If you have children, give them the task of creating something thoughtful to place on the treat trays.
Ding Dong, the Electric Bell is Gone
Find an actual bell to hang up at your entrance so guests will have to ring that instead of pressing the doorbell. This will add to the festive mood and give a more ‘ethnic’ feeling.
Instead of spending all your time cleaning your house and then relying on store-bought decorations, have home-cleaning professionals come over in advance so you can focus on sprucing up the place for Diwali. Look for crafting ideas online and get the family involved. You can get the family to paint glass bottles, make photo frames, create paper diyas to hang around the house, etc.
Let your Rangoli Pop
Instead of simply drawing the same design and filling it with color powder, try a different rangoli method this year. The ready-made rangolis in wood and glass are quite popular. You can also opt for using colored rice or even try a water rangoli – it’s less work and will definitely draw more attention.
Go Green and Spread the Word
If you believe in a pollution-free Diwali, try to spread the word and explain to at least one person how the sounds and smoke are bad not just for us but for the animals and birds as well. The money spent on fireworks can be put towards better use or donated to a good cause.
If somewhere over the years, you made the shift to electric lights like the fairy and string ones, maybe it’s time to go back to the good old earthen lamps. It’s more traditional and will also give the lamp sellers some business and a chance to have a better Diwali.
Tell us if you have more ideas on how to break the monotony and add some variation to Diwali celebrations this year by leaving a comment below.