The word Diwali derives from the word ' Deepavali'. Diyas are inseparable parts of Diwali. Illuminitating Diyas outside houses is the most common scene in this day. Though in these days electric lights are replacing earthen Diyas ,still the charm of traditional Diwali Hindu Lamps is there.
A Diya is a small earthen lamp that is lit especially at Diwali.
They are usually made of clay. Ghee or oil is used as the fuel and
cotton wool as the wick. Sometimes they are made by part filling a
glass with colored water, Ghee is floated on top, and again cotton
wool used as a wick. Children could make there own Diya with
air-dried clay or play dough. For safety reason these diyas should
not be lit with Ghee and cotton wool.
There are different kinds of Diwali Diyas available in the market.
They can be in different shapes even in the shape of Parvati. One
can buy the simple earthen ones and decorate it in house. It can be
painted in different shades of single colour. Special Diwali motifs
can be painted on the diyas too. The earthen diya used on the
occasion of Diwali, reflects ancient design sense that is simple and
stunning in concept and universal in appeal. Diyas can be ornamented
with mirror-work or Jaris. They can be embellished
with fragrant dried flowers. Diya Decoration is a common practice in
Hindu families during Diwali.