The season of festivities has started across the country with Ganesha Chathurthi. Onam just went by. Soon we will have Navrathri followed by Diwali. After 2 years, this time I had people over for the Gowri Puja at home. I love to deck up my home during the festivals. Here are a few tips that I follow.
Getting Into The Festive Mood!
It is considered auspicious to start the festivities with a clean home. So if you have been lazy like me, this is a good excuse to pick up the slack and dust and vacuum away. Don’t wait until the last minute as cleaning can become a huge task.
Our festivals are all about color, glitter & light! And your doorway should reflect this. Not only does this add a spark to your house and make it a nice welcome for people visiting, but it is also considered to attract positivity.
A Welcoming Entrance
Torans and decorative hangings on the doorway add the festive touch like nothing else. You could have one made of natural marigold flowers and mango leaves. Or you can choose embellished ones of cloth or beads or wood, that can be reused. These days you get many made from mirrors, pearls, and sequences, which last long and are easy on the pocket as well.
Of course, Rangolis are an integral part of the entrance decorations. If you are artistic, you can draw the Rangolis and fill them with colored powders. Or you could make one with flowers. If both don’t work for you and you are looking for a quick fix, the market has loads of ready-to-use Rangolis made on transparent sheets with kundan, beads, pearls, etc. You can just use them whenever you want and store them in a box or cover. These come as separate pieces that have to be assembled, so you could even use individual pieces around the house to pep up other decorative pieces.
String flowers of marigold, jasmine, or rose add an auspicious touch and can immediately transform your home. Natural flowers also bring a heady fragrance with them, which we so associate with festivals. If you are allergic to the smell or don’t want them to wither, you could choose from synthetic flowers which will give you a similar appearance and can be reused too. If you have the time and are good at craftwork, you could create paper flower strings too. There are many DIY videos available that give you a detailed tutorial.
Shine The Metals
Get out your silver, copper & brass lamps, and figurines. What better time to shine them and display them around the house. You can place them across the house on side tables or the foyer or consoles. Brass urlis are big bowls that can be filled with fragrant water and you can float petals and tealight candles. If you don’t have one, you can use glass bowls too. They look very pretty and add that extra zing & warm glow!
Add The Glow!
The mood of any space can be transformed with lights! This is true for festive lighting too. Lighting an oil lamp is considered auspicious. You can play tea light candles in festive holders or put up string lights to add that extra glow! Antique lamps and lights can be used as statement pieces too.
Hope you liked my tips to get ready for the festivities. What are the other things you do to prepare for the festivals? Do write in…I would love to hear your ideas!