Diwali is on November 11 in 2015 and on October 30 in 2016.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. We celebrate Rama's victory over evil and the return of Rama, Sita and Lakshman to Ayodha. It is a story about the triumph of good and the return of Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity.
One of the ways we celebrate is by deep cleaning and decorating the house. Here are my favorite elegant and unique finds from across Pinterest. Luckily, most are pretty easy to make. I like having a few things around the house beyond strings of lights to make it look more festive.
I have so many mismatched sets of bangles. What an elegant use for them!
Doing a School Diwali Presentation
I am always a little intimidated about presented something in their classroom but turns out it is actually pretty easy.
I kept it two parts, something informative and something interactive. With little ones, simple is the way to go.
I read a lovely little Diwali book, called "Lighting a Lamp" and then we made diyas with air dry clay. They also stuck on some little gems for decoration.
Other alternatives are to make the diyas ahead of time and have them paint them. Making a nature mandala is another fun activity. Just gather a nice assortment of leaves, flower petals, acorns, etc and have them glue them down on a paper plate in a repeating design.
DIY colored salt is really easy to make. All you need is some ordinary table salt and some paint. We used craft/poster paint (sometimes called tempera paint), and squeezed a little into a jug of salt. Stir it all together to get an even color, and leave to dry over night.
This is another fun project to do at school or with the kids at home. Use glue and paper plates to make designs you can keep or just decorate the front patio.
I am blown away by this DIY. I haven't seen too many Indian crafts on Oh Happy Day, so it was pretty neat to see this.
More ideas for paper flower garlands. Somewhat less ambitious than that huge Toran from OHD.
This is such a unique take on marigold garlands.
Chalk Rangolis are also a really easy and fun project to make.
Paper marquee letters are another favorite of mine. Fun and customizable!
We celebrated with lots of sparklers at the Temple this weekend. We decorated at home last night and will have prayers at home tonight.
I hope that your Diwali season is bright, festive, and blessed! May you have a happy and prosperous new year!