12 cheerful Diwali decorations for a colorful celebration
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu holiday celebrated by millions around the world. The joyful tradition celebrates the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Families and friends gather for parties decorated with twinkling lights, bright colors and floral designs.
Sanjivani Vidwans of Cranford, New Jersey, says her in-laws are throwing a big party with about 50 friends and family. Some of their favorite traditions include decorating the house with holiday lights on the outside and lighting small candles called diyas throughout the inside of the house.
“Our children help in making chalk rangoli art at the entrance of the house to welcome guests,” she says. The word “rangoli” means “rows of colours”, and is an ancient Hindu art form usually practiced to celebrate special occasions. However, Vidwans’ favorite decorations are those worn by party guests. “Everyone wears their best new clothes that are always colorful and accessorized with fancy jewelry,” she says.
Whether you’re enjoying the holiday with family or celebrating with the entire neighborhood, these bright and colorful decorations will make this year’s celebrations especially cheerful and memorable.
1. Lamps Dia
The name Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali”, which means rows of lit lamps. These small lamps, or diyas, are placed around the house during the celebration, and they symbolize the light within each of us. Buy a set, like this set of 24 festive diyas from vghandicrafts on Etsy, to add a special touch to your Diwali decor.
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As the Vidwans do, make a simple entry more inviting with floral rangoli designs decorating the floor. If drawing with chalk sounds like a lot of work, consider purchasing this rangoli floor table sticker from Amazon. Vinyl sticker features gold, green and purple flower-like artwork.
3. Orly bowls
Vidwans says the first stop guests make when they arrive at her family’s party is the dining table, which features traditional Diwali snacks. A beautiful centerpiece, like this decorative flower urli bowl from Webelkart dia at Amazon, will add elegance to the festive atmosphere. The center of the design is an orli bowl, a traditional piece filled with floating candles and flower petals. Surround them with Diya style tealight holders for a glowing design.
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A toran is a traditional wall hanging used for decoration during celebrations like Diwali. Torans that are often hung over doorways are said to bring luck, prosperity and happiness. Skilled crafters can make their own, but beautiful ones are available from online crafters, like this colorful and affordable jasmine tortoise from LoveNTouchHandicraft on Etsy.
5. With decoration
Welcome guests into the celebration by adding exterior door decor, like this Diwali Front Door Wreath from SMCraftsUS on Etsy. The brightly colored design features rangoli and diyas, traditional elements of Diwali. DIYers may want to create their own by drawing a rangoli on a foam core board or very thin plywood and finishing it with rich colors and some string for hanging.
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6. Bright flower design
Brightly colored flowers are widely used in Diwali decor. Consider having the kids make colorful flowers to hang around the house, or buy pre-made ones, like the Primrose 9-Piece Hanging Paper Fan Kit on Amazon. Features nine flower fans in three different sizes that can be hung in doorways or from the ceiling.
Another simple way to decorate the home with colors and flowers is through traditional wreaths hung in doorways or on tables. Make your own colorful tissue paper, or buy them pre-made, like this set of five plush garlands on Amazon, which feature a brightly colored plush design. Choose from six colors to complement any decor.
8. Paper lanterns
No Festival of Lights decor would be complete without handmade paper lanterns. Hang them indoors or outdoors for a colorful and whimsical display. Making lanterns is a great craft project for the whole family. Get started with this DIY royal Diwali lantern kit from Saaz shop on Etsy.
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The peacock is traditionally associated with the goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to bring prosperity and help remove burdens. It is also the national bird of India. During Diwali, many invite luck into their homes with this symbolism. This Happy Diwali Peacock Porch Sign at Amazon will welcome visitors with its beautiful and colorful design.
10. String of lights
Since lights are at the forefront of this celebration, consider lighting up the space with string lights. These battery-operated fairy curtain lights found at Amazon will stand out whether hung indoors on a wall as a backdrop, across a doorway, or in the backyard to add a special glow to the night.
11. Festive paper goods
For those who want to keep it casual, Diwali-themed paper goods are a convenient way to add a festive touch to the table. For all-out preparations, this Diwali party supplies set for 16 at Amazon includes plates, cups, napkins, a table cover, and even a garland. The brightly colored paper ware features rangoli and diyas designs.
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12. Yard signs
Guide guests to the ceremony site with colorful outdoor decorations. The front of the house will shine as brightly as the interior with this pack of 11 Happy Diwali Banners at Amazon. Waterproof and equipped with easy-to-use pegs, the set of 11 different designs will stand up to the elements to welcome visitors.