Diwali is a ‘festival of lights’ but most importantly, it is a day of praise to Goddess Laxmi. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Kartika, which usually falls in October/November in the Gregorian calendar. The word Diwali (Deepavali) literally means ‘rows of lights’ in Sanskrit. Diwali is a continuous five-day festival, small oil lamps (also called as diyas) are lit in the evenings outside in gardens, homes, balconies and terraces. It is the major Indian festival, which is celebrated Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike. In North India, the day marks the return of Lord Rama to his home Ayodhya from his exile. His return was celebrated by the townspeople by lighting thousands of diyas to welcome him; therefore, the day has been named as 'Deepavali' or 'Diwali'. In southern India, the day has been marked as the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. So, diyas on this day are lighted to celebrate the victory of good over wicked powers. Diyas are also lit during Diwali to welcome and honor Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The festival is celebrated in different parts of the world with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Diwali Torans Decoration Ideas
Types Of Bandanwaars
Diwali is not only a festival of lights and firecrackers, but it is also celebrated by people visiting each other’s homes and exchanging gifts. So, it’s that time of the year when you get ready to welcome guests and decorate your homes vividly It is believed that Goddess Laxmi enters only in a clean and decorated home. Thus, the entrance of a place (also called ‘dwaar’) becomes very important. Therefore door hangings that are also known as ‘Bandanwaar’ or ‘Torans’ have special significance and are included in the decorative accessories. The entrance door hanging is the first thing that welcomes your guests as they first step into your home. These torans not only maximize the charm of the entrance of your home but also hands out a friendly welcome to your guests. Therefore, add a personal touch to your decoration, be creative and make these torans at your home. However, if you completely lack an idea about making them, you can drop at the nearest market where numerous collections of bandanwaars are available. The few available options are floral bandanwaars, glass work torans, embroidered door hangings and dori bandanwaars.
Types Of Torans
These door hangings are made with multicolored flowers. The flowers that are used could be fresh or artificial. The torans made of artificial flowers are of re-usable, while fresh flowers get dry in short span.
The embroidered torans are again made of small pieces of cloth. . The cloth pieces are beautified with multi color embroidery threads. Many attractive shapes are embroidered on the toran like; elephants, camels, 'kalash', 'shubh-labh', happy diwali, flowers and much more.
These torans are made of the different variety of threads, wool and zari. They are made by attaching many pieces of threads, called 'doris' and twisting them together. When the doris are weaved together, some decorative accessories are also attached to the toran to make it appear more beautiful.
Mirror Work Bandanwaars
The mirror work torans are the speciality of Rajasthani culture. These Bandanwaars are made on a piece of cloth and decorated by attaching flashy glass pieces to that cloth piece. The glass pieces could be in different shapes and sizes.