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Top 10 Ideas for Decorating your Home on Diwali

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Diwali is an auspicious festival when you get to see beautiful lights, rangoli and diya everywhere. The smell of homemade kachoris, sweets, new clothes, worship rituals, everything makes us nostalgic and happy. It is the time when we meet our old friends, relatives, and greet each other with gifts. On this day you can use your imagination and decorate your home to any length. Let’s make this Diwali unforgettable and leave your guests awestruck with your beautiful home.

 Ideas to Make your House More Graceful :

1.Mandle the Candle!!

When your guests arrive your home the first thing they would notice is your table. As funny as it sounds, it is actually the truth. The centre table is surrounded by sofas and chairs so when your guests sit in their places they will notice the items displayed on your table. So, create your own showpiece for that place by filling a bowl with water, petals and placing floating diya or candles on it. This will be the centre of attraction for your drawing room.  Use Flipkart coupons to buy Diyas/candles online.

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 2. Decorate with Lampshade

A lampshade or Kandils enhances the decor of your house. They are usually attached to a bulb that makes all the difference when lit. You can either buy it from the shop or make your own using cardboards or packing materials.

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 3. Diya Platter that Matter

A very simple way to lit up a room is to place a Diya platter on top of a diya/candle. This instantly gives the desired shadow shape that looks eye-catching. You can place it wherever you want, the centre of your room, table, or along the bedside.

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 4. The Holy Rangoli

Rangoli is an essential part of our festivals, especially on Diwali we could see different rangoli at every other house. To make your rangoli more attractive you can add diyas, flower petals, candles, or even small lamps to it.

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 6. Flashing the Wallhanging !!!

You can recycle a lot of items to create your unique wall hanging. A cardboard, newspaper, CDs, plastic bottles, you can use anything for making it. Either you can insert a bulb in it or hang string lights around it. It will instantly give an amazing look to your house.

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 7. Tea Light for the Sight

There are numerous types of tea lights available in the market. You can choose a waterproof LED tea light and insert it in water along with flowers and shimmers this will give such a beautiful sight that your guests won’t take their eyes off it.

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 8. The Bright String Light !!

Everyone is aware of the string lights and most of us buy them when Diwali is around the corner. Instead of buying a Chinese light invest in String lights that are made in India they are much more durable and can be used for years without depriving on the quality.

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 9. Delight in Every Bite

We all make sweets or new dishes every Diwali. This year add a twist to your food and make your sweets in the shape off diya or write happy Diwali on them. This will enlighten the kids and they would love to try the sweet dish.

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 10. Bangle with an Angle

We all have a big box filled with bangles that are never used once worn in a wedding. This year make the best use of those bangles and make a flower shape tieing them together. You can use a wide ribbon to do this, now just place this at the centre of any empty wall.

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This year implement these decoration ideas in your home and get all the appreciation for your talent.

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali!!!

 

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Amazing Diwali facts that you must know

Diwali is celebrated not just in India but throughout the world. Lets see some of the interesting facts about Diwali.

10) National Holiday on Diwali. Well its not just in India

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Nepal, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana,, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji, believe it or not, they have an official holiday on Diwali. Diwali, festival of lights, is celebrated not just in India but also in various other countries . In Nepal, Diwali is Known as “Tihar” or “Swanti”.

9) The Bengali way

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Diwali is celebrated as ‘Kali Puja’ in West Bengal by worshipping Goddess Kali. Here Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha are worshiped in the morning followed by Kali Pujan in night.

8) The Invitation of The God of Death

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On the very first day of Diwali (well known as choti Diwali), only one deepak is lit, it is to welcome Yama, the god of death. Diwali is a time when Yama is respected and welcomed. It is believe that the ancestors spirit returns back to bless their offsprings.

7) Diwali with Gamble Angle

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People gamble on diwali, my God.. Juwa(Gamble) ..Well traditionally, gambling during Diwali is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.

6) Gujrati Touch wali Diwali

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Kem choo… (how are you in Gujrati) Gujrati Hindu New Year starts from next day of Diwali.

5) Hari Diwali

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In Malaysia, Diwali is a national public holiday in Malaysia, it is celebrated as ‘Hari Diwali’ (Hari symbolizes Lord Vishnu) in the month of Aswayuja.

4) ‘Sukhssuptika’

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There is mention of Diwali celebrations is basically  ‘Sukhssuptika’ according to the Nilmat Puran which figuratively means ‘to sleep with happiness’.

3) South Indian reason for Diwali

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their was a cruel demon Narakasur which use to capture people and create a havoc. According to legends, it is a day when Shree Krishna ended the reign of the demon. It is perhaps the main reason for celebrating Diwali in the south Indian region.

2) Diwali & Mahabharata?!?

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A very few celebrate the day as return of Pandavas to Hastinapur after 12 years of exile.

1) The Cosmic work of Lakshmi-panchayatan

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“Lakshmi-panchayatan” is held the cosmic dimension of Universe (annual board meeting of Gods). Vishnu, Indra, Kubera, Gajendra and Lakshmi are elements of this “panchayatan” (a group of five). This is a combination of all the Gods to bless humanity with influential subsonic blessings.

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The legend behind Diwali celebration

Its Diwali, its fun time, its decoration time. Well, if we look deep into it then we would find that Diwali is more than a five day compiles holidays but it is a five day combo of legend.

Lets have a look as to know the real meaning of this exclusive and brilliant occasion in India.

Day1 : Dhanteras

 the 16 year old son of King Hima. His horoscope predicted his death by snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On that particular day, his newly-wed wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out all her ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a heap at the entrance of the sleeping chamber and lit lamps all over the place. 2776b42807a295df73245a0b21ffd7d2-e1386864688867

Then she narrated stories and sang songs to keep her husband from falling asleep.When Yama, the god of Death, arrived at the prince’s doorstep in the disguise of a Serpent, his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the brilliance of the lamps and the jewelry. Lord Yama then blessed King Hima for a longer life.  0yamrajillustrationpainting

Day 2 : Choti Diwali or Chaturdashi

According to the legends there was a wicked King known as Narakasur. Satyabhama, Lord Krishna’s wife, wished to kill him herself. Krishna were only be her helper.

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In morning, 14th day of the dark half of Ashvin, Satyabhama killed Narakasur and liberated the women from his prison. He was so evil that he abducted 16,000 daughters of the gods to show his power and stole the earrings of Aditi, mother of the gods just to prove himself a mighty warrior. 1502130-supergod_04_12

The rescue of the 16,000 girls is said to be the origin of the fact that Lord Krishna had 16,000 wives. After all this, Lord Krishna returned very early in the morning and was bathed and massaged with scented oils. Waking up before sunrise and taking an early morning bath with oil is still a Diwali tradition in South India.

Day 3 :  “Amavasya”, of Ashvin, is known as Laxmi Pujan.

There is also an story of how King Bali had taken Laxmi as a slave (with all due respect for her, it was just to prove his strength). Vishnu, took birth as the fifth avatar as Vaman, defeated Bali through a very dedicated honored process and liberated Laxmi.

5. Vaman

   It is believed that King Bali has taken all the cosmic powers from Goddess Laxmi just to get liberated from the cycle of life and death by the hands of God Almighty Vishnu himself.  The freedom of Goddess Laxmi is celebrated by worshipping Laxmi.

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On this day goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean of milk called the Ksheer Sagar. She brought with her wealth and prosperity for mankind.

Day 4 : GOVARRDHAN PUJA

when Lord Krishna asked people to stop praying Indra for any kind of rain, food or water because it was Govardhan mountain which nourishes them. He instead asked people to pray Govardhan mountain and people started doing so. This infuriated Indra (king of Demi-God’s) and he charged upon Govardhan. After confronting Lord Krishna, who is an avatar of Lord Almighty Vishnu himself, all of the proud and arrogance was vanished and he asked for an apology.

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People use to make a hman formed Govardhan mountain and worship him.

Day 5 : Bhai-dooj

Many years  ago, in the Vedic era, Yama (Yamraj, the Lord of death) visited his sister Yami  and she ‘tilak’ on his forehead, Lord Yamraj found the whole meeting so blissful that he announced that anyone who receives a tilak from his sister on this day will never be taken away by me.

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These are the story of five days of diwali. Diwali is not just about crackers and LED lighting. Its a legend and more important than that, its our culture. So enjoy Diwali 2014 by known the reason for its celebration.