Diwali/ Deepavali is celebrating the victory of good over evil. Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali/ Deepavali gives us a reason to celebrate and come together as a family. There’s a certain joy in repeating the traditions that have been passed down to us from our ancestors. It is also the time to create new traditions and memories with our loved ones. In this article, we will discuss 7 things to do before Diwali. This year Diwali falls on a Monday and we have the weekend to do all the preparations beforehand. This listicle will help you get into the festival spirit and also let you enjoy Diwali as much as possible.
Spring clean your home
A clean home equals wealth – this is an age-old Hindu belief. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits our home and showers us with blessings to those who have a clean and tidy home. Spring cleaning is the first step in Diwali preparations. This is the perfect time to declutter and clean up our homes and our workspace.
Decorate your home
Diwali is a colourful celebration. You can decorate your home with simple things or you can also go extravagant. It doesn’t matter how much you spend. The decorations give a new look and feel to your home and put you in the right mindset. You can decorate your home with colourful rangolis, flower arrangements, tea light candles, fairy lights and diyas, it is great to have lights all around the home after all it’s known as the festival of lights.
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Get your wardrobe ready
Diwali is also about dressing up in new clothes. We feel great when we look our best during the festivities. New clothes are also said to bring luck and prosperity. Shop for new ethnic wear to rock at your Diwali party.
Prepare savouries and sweets
Festivals are all about sharing and caring. Prepare scrumptious savouries and sweets at home to give to your family and friends. You can also buy them from shops. Some of the famous sweets and snacks are Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, Jalebi, Gujiya, Murukku, Thattai, Ribbon pakoda and the list goes on. It is a common thing to get together during Diwali and to have lunch/ dinner parties. You can give your guests a box of homemade savouries and sweets. It brings happiness to their life. You can also give them a box of chocolates/ dry fruits/ mithais.
Last minute gifts
People love receiving gifts and one simple thing to make family and friends more joyful during Diwali is to buy them a gift. Gifting is a way of saying thanks and appreciating that person. So personalise your gifts according to each person and how they mean to you. If you are stuck, you can also gift them coupons which allow them to choose the gifts.
Get ready for the puja
An important aspect of the day of Diwali is to do puja to Goddess Lakshmi. You can prepare the puja thali a day ahead to make things easier on the day of Diwali. You can make the thali ready by including flowers, fruits, diyas, camphor, bell, incense sticks, and other things which you use according to your tradition.
First aid kit
A first aid kit is one of the most important things you need to prepare before Diwali if you plan on bursting crackers or not. We light diyas and candles around the house and it is better to be prepared with the first aid kit and a bucket of water if any accidents occur. Make sure to keep an eye on kids during the parties. The first aid kit and a bucket of water should be kept ready and easily reachable. Make sure to dispose of the crackers, diyas, and candles in a proper and safe way.
Diwali signifies a new beginning. Let us come together and cut down all the negativity in our lives and create positivity and light around us. We hope that these 7 things to do before Diwali list give you an idea of how to get ready before the festival. Also, let us know what traditions you follow. Have a happy and light-filled Diwali with your family and friends!
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