It’s impossible to feel non-festive when Deepavali/Diwali is just round the corner. The few things that one associates with Diwali on the first thought are beautiful light decorations in the form of diyas, kandils, light series and the delicious and savory diwali special snacks.
Diwali is also known as the festival of light and diyas and lighting hold a lot of significance. As the name itself suggests, “Deepavali- deepon ki avali”; deepavali, diwali means rows of lamps/diyas. It is a festival celebrating victory of good over evil. It is said that on this day Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya along with Devi Sita and Laxman ji. The people of Ayodhya had lighted the whole city with lamps and diyas in their honour.
It’s basically the way we decorate our houses with various types of Diyas and lighting makes the festival so beautiful. In this world of constantly evolving fashion, it’s not only about clothes and lifestyle any more. It’s also about festivals. Diyas are one such prop whose beautification is constantly on the go. Every Diwali you go shopping for diyas, you will find something new in the market. You will feel like buying the whole shop. The diyas are so beautiful.
You get plain earthern diyas, hanging diyas, floating diyas, terracotta diyas, porcelain diyas, brass diyas, white metal diyas, silver diyas, designer diyas, decorative diyas, quilled diya decorations and what not. But, with the beauty the prices also increase. It’s not possible for everybody to afford these beautiful things.
Nevertheless, there is DIY (Do it yourself). With people willing to try something new, DIY is trending now a days and is pocket friendly as well. With lots of tutorials available of You Tube and thousands of ideas available all over the internet it is just impossible to stop your creative side from coming out.
One can make beautiful diyas at home at half the price. Hand made diyas are also a good option for gifting to somebody on Diwali.
(According to me the best diya that I have painted so far)
I had this crazy wave of Diya painting in 2014. It was my first Diwali after marriage. My husband and I wanted to do something different but creative. So we thought of painting our own Diwali diyas. We thought it was the easiest task that two un-dextrous people could do. And it turns out we were correct. Diya painting is not at all difficult. All it requires is a knack of choosing and matching colours and the most basic knowledge of using the paint brush. Designing is not an issue because you can use the beautifully designed terracotta diyas that are available in the market.
(Other diyas #1)
It was also very pocket friendly for us. because when you buy these diyas in bulk you get them cheap. During our first attemp in 2014 we had bought some sort of paint brushes, acrylic colours, pearl colours, water colours, sparkles for around Rs 1500 to be approx. The same stock is still in use after 2 years. We have painted over a 100 diyas, some mandal art, some water-colour paintings and the stock is still very much there to last us for about a year more.
(Other Diyas #2)
It’s not only restricted to the economics of it. We spent quality time with each other in our diya painting sessions. Initially it took us about an hour to complete a pair each but we soon picked up pace. We started fifteen days before Diwali because we knew that we would hardly get about an hour each day. Every night we used to start out project at around 10:00 PM in the night. Just past 2-3 days and we were eagerly waiting for 10 o clock every day. It was not only fun but also a stress buster after a stressful day at work. After our project was over we had already started missing the diya painting in our schedule.
(Other Diyas #3)
So with the first successful batch of hand painted diyas, our aspirations increased for the next Diwali. We decided to gift our hand painted diyas to our near and dear ones on Diwali. Our friends and family simply loved the idea and our hand painted diyas.
We are proud to say that to this day our Diyas adorn the living rooms of many of our dear ones and our personal tradition still continues.