Diwali is just around the corner (Saturday to be precise). I am sharing some simple Diwali decoration ideas that will get you in the festive mood and change your home ambiance to create an enticing and welcoming space.
Significance of Diwali
Diwali or Deepawali the festival of lights is one of the most popular festivals of India, if not the most. It symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.
On Diwali day, Hindus light rows of diyas (oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in oil or ghee) around their houses, draw elaborate rangolis outside their homes, exchange gifts and sweets, and light fireworks. The Goddess of Wealth, Maha Laxmi is also worshipped.
Diwali Celebrations in the USA
In the US, Indian festivals that fall on weekdays, are celebrated on weekends; by visiting temples, or organizing a get-together to celebrate the occasion with friends. The actual day of the festival is business as usual, as it is not a holiday, and it is pretty difficult to get time from the daily grind to do anything special.
I miss home and all the pre-Diwali preparation and shopping with my mom!
But this is the life I chose. So, in an effort to keep the traditions alive and create beautiful memories for our future kids. My husband and I celebrate all the festivals at home including Diwali, may not be in a grand manner as back home, but still sweet enough to add meaning to the day.
Diwali in our New Home
Every Diwali I try to light diyas around the house and celebrate it with friends with a big feast. This year, Diwali is more special as it is our first Diwali in the new house and the last one as a family of 3. Next year we are going to celebrate it with our little one
I want to make Diwali as exciting for our baby boy as it was for us when we were kids. One way to do is by decorating the house and creating a festive ambiance. Here are a few ideas on how you can jazz up your home for Diwali.
Simple Diwali Decoration Ideas
1. Diwali Decoration Ideas for your Entrance
I repeated the same door decoration that I did for our house warming with mango leaves toran and chrysanthemums garlands. I joined 2 garlands to increase the length and hung them on either side of the door.
I don’t own any Urli so I DIY’ed this centerpiece by arranging marigold and wisteria garlands in a copper plate and topped it with a Ganesh Diya. We gave these diyas as a return gift for our house warming!
I kept the Rangoli simple by drawing multiple flowers around the centerpiece. If you’re wondering how I managed to draw such consistent looking flowers, here is the trick, use a stencil 🙂 The stencil and colors I used are from Ombox.
You can further jazz up your Diwali Rangoli by combining with clay diyas. I used tea light candles for the pictures but on Diwali, I will be using oil to light the diyas.
2. Diwali Decoration Ideas for your Fireplace
The fireplace is the first thing you’ll notice when you enter our living room. Decorating a focal point of the room will elevate the whole space. I decked the mantel with gold votive holders, house plants, and a Diya banner. The marigold garlands and Swastik mat added an ethnic touch to space. They are both gifted by Kula Village. They sell ethnic gifts, decor, and jewelry. I have a coupon code for you, use SURI10 for 10% off your purchase of $50!
3. Diwali Decorations for your Staircase
Give your staircase a grand and festive glow by wrapping it with faux marigold garlands.
3. Diwali Decorations Around the House
As a plant lover, this spot makes my heart happy whenever I look at it. I, of course, had to decorate It and make my plant babies feel included in our celebrations. I hung a strand of Marigold and Wisteria on every window using adhesive transparent hooks and amped it with curtain string lights.
Shop These Diwali Decoration Ideas
Fireplace decor– Diya Banner | Swastik mat, Marigold hangings c/o Kula Village (use code SURI10 for 10% off your purchase of $50) similar hangings here | Gold Votives | Candleholders used the votives | custom Nameplate | Battery Tea lights | similar Lanterns here and here
Which of these Diwali decoration ideas do you like the most? Let me know in a comment below!