Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, marks the end of harvest season. It takes place towards the end of fall… there is nip in the air… everything seems fresh and new. I love this season!  Having our morning cup of tea in the misty fall mornings… the experience is unbeatable. Marigold, periwinkle, Bougainvillea & Frangipani are in full bloom. Bazaars are a riot of coloured lights and festive decorations. The entire North India comes alive during this time of the year.

Markets are flooded with exclusive Diwali decoration

Diwali ritual at our home begins with de-cluttering and cleaning every corner (I try to) of our home a few weeks before the festival. Chores are delegated…the entire family gets going, doing their bit in sprucing up home sweet home. It’s like giving a spa treatment to our home!

Last Diwali my daughter made Lord Ganesha’s idol with clay.

I love decorating my home with seasonal flowers and foliage especially around this season. The flower associated with Diwali (for that matter, any ‘puja’) is the humble Marigold.

We decorate our home with strings of double hued marigold, mango leaves or Ashoka leaves. Diwali decor is associated with bold colours; orange, saffron, red, brown, green and yellow. All these colours can be seen in everything that’s connected with Diwali.

I had picked up these lovely lanterns a couple of years back and I love taking them out during Diwali, although they aren’t the traditional Diwali lanterns but they serve the purpose well. All my festive home accessories see the light of the day during this festive season.

My daughter and I string the flowers and leaves two days before Diwali and keep them in the refrigerator. I like to keep the decor as eco-friendly as possible hence no shimmery poly tinsels.  Yashaana paints a few ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) with eco-friendly colours and makes paper lanterns as a ritual every year.

Here are some pictures of our home from last Diwali, when we had just shifted in:

Looking forward to Diwali this year…all set to usher in the festival with full fervor. A Very Happy Diwali to all! May lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi bless you and your family with good health, lots of wealth and infinite prosperity!



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