I’m back with another DIY and I am so excited about it. The festive season of lights ‘Diwali’ is round the corner and every household is busy gearing up for cleaning spree and Diwali decoration. Every nook and corner of the house is cleaned thoroughly. And in order to celebrate this auspicious occasion I thought maybe we could do something special by being a little creative. So, here I am sharing with you my way of decorating oil lamps/diyas. But before that for my readers located outside India let us first understand what Diwali is and how it is celebrated in India.
On the moonless night of Amavasya the banished king of Ayodhya the Hindu Lord Ram returned to his kingdom after 14 long years in exile along with his beloved wife Sita after defeating the demon, the King of Lanka called Ravana who had abducted Sita. People of the kingdom lit oil lamps in the honour of their king’s victory. Since then in order to mark the triumph over evil and light over darkness tradition of decorating homes and surroundings with earthenware oil lamps began. This five day celebration came to be known as ‘Deepavali’ also known as ‘Diwali’ which symbolises an array of lights. Earthernware and clay lamps are lit the entire night to welcome the Hindu goddess Laxmi, who is believed to descent on earth and visit households that are clean, pure and bright. She is believed to bring along good fortune, happiness and prosperity.
Loved ones come together and celebrate this festival of lights by dressing up in their finest clothing, preparing delicacies, drawing rangoli (a decorative pattern outside the house), lighting oil lamps, praying and visiting each other with gifts as a token of love. Children come together and burn fire crackers that dazzle the night sky. Infact, much lesser known fact is that Diwali is not just celebrated in India, but it is an official holiday in countries like Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nepal, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Myanmar, Fiji and Suriname.
Now that you know about Diwali and how it is celebrated with no further ado lets start decorating our oil lamps/diyas for the forthcoming festive season.
For Diya decoration you will need
Earthenware oil lamps (Diyas)
Acrylic colours (as per your choice)
Beads/Rhinestones (like pink rhinestone stuck on the lamp)
Firstly, clean the diya removing excess mud.
Paint the diya with two coats of any colour of your choice. You can either use one colour or use a combination of colours to do so.
Decorate it using sparkle glue. Paste the rhinestones using white glue.
Below are few examples of my way of decorating diyas.
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