Our Diwali decor

6:02 PM

Diwali has come and gone, and just this morning I was sweeping away the rangoli and flowers from the hallway.
Now that we are in November, I am going to be moving toward Christmas themed posts pretty soon as I don't want to find myself stressing out in December instead of actually enjoying the month that marks the most special festival my culture has to offer.

But before I do, I want to share one last post about Diwali with you. As you know, I decided to recycle most of my last year decorations. I turned two lanterns into new fresh looking ones, we re-used all the Diwali lights we bought over the years, and the Diyas we've been using are the ones we bought in 2012. We can't bring ourselves to just mindlessly buy more stuff when we already have things that are still looking good.
Our Diwali shopping this year consisted of a few sparklers, our favourite sweets, flower and powder to make a rangoli and a couple of Diyas bought at Ishita's school sale (goes toward a good cause).

So how did our home look like?

Here are a few pictures I have to share with you all:

If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should!) you already saw a version of that picture. This pretty wooden tray is nothing more than the infamous tray that has had 3 lives already. It currently sits in our hallway, on top of the shoe rack, right by the door.
This Diwali I gave it a festive makeover by filling it with fresh flowers (left over from the rangoli) and placed one of the gel candle purchased at Ishita's school sale in the middle.

Speaking of rangoli, the 2016 edition looked like this. Ishita wanted to get some of these rangoli stencils, I wanted to keep doing it with flowers, so we combined the two.
This is the first year we do a rangoli by our own door, all the previous years there was a toddler bicycle taking that very space in the picture above.

This is the bigger picture. Our hallway is narrow and the flat next to us has been empty for years (whoever was in it moved out around the same time we moved in). I took advantage of it and decorated our whole half of the hallway with orange and yellow marigold, and even threw in some blue glitter in the mix to give it some extra oomph.

If you've been wondering how my "flowing ribbons lantern" looked like all lit, there it is! Sorry though, I don't have anything else to share about the "Fish scale lamp". I spent most of last Saturday evening trying to figure out how to get all my power cords and multiplugs to connect everything and every combination was either too short to reach that lamp, or too dangerous considering our lovely upstairs neighbours still haven't fixed their bloody AC that nearly killed me last February and a new drip has shown on the balcony, in the direct path of the power cord!

Safety over an extra light it was for us, and the fish scale lamp stayed off.

This is pretty much it, we had a simple Diwali, just us with minimal crackers and just family time. 

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  1. That's pretty!
    I'm liking the hot pink with the blue.
    There's some free concert/funfair still going on at the end of our road. At least they shut down at 11 pm every nite, just sayin'

    1. Nice of them to respect other people's sleep. I think yesterday was the first evening of crackers and fireworks stopping before 11. That means people finally ran out of stuff to burst.

  2. Anonymous8:20 PM

    That hallway is so pretty though i cant stand the smell of marigolds! That ribbon lamp just looks fab. Did u even make indian delicacies on the holiday? I find indian sweets very tricky and complicated as the western candy or nougat. It makes sense to just order them.

    1. I don't think I know a single Indian lady bothering with making sweets, it's a bit like how we don't make our own chocolate in Switzerland. It's time consuming, technical and not really worth the effort when they are readily available just about anywhere. For Diwali every sweet shops, and supermarkets will sell already packed hampers and gift boxes and have all hands on deck at the store on D-day. All sweets shop will even set extra serving table outside the store to tackle the crowd.

  3. Too good. Loved each and every decor from rangoli to lamp.

  4. Anonymous10:26 AM

    The rangoli looks beautiful. I was eagerly waiting for your rangoli. The lamp looks fabulous too. What's that white stuff on the border?

    You have created magic with the combination of flowers, colours and diyas.

    Pardon me at the risk of incurring your wrath, I would like to make a small suggestion. A pair of tiny footprints of goddess lakshmi going towards the door would have been an beautiful addition to the already beautiful rangoli. No offense meant, just a suggestion.


    1. I thought of those tiny footprints, but decided against it in the end, I think it would look better on a bigger and wider entry hall, ours is a bit too crammed.

      The white stuff is the rangoli sand they sell around here, you usually mix in pigments to give it colours or use as it is. They sell already coloured sand too but I grabbed the wrong packs, so now I have a lot of pigments leftover. I think the white sand replace the rice flour that is normally used for this. I ended up having to do the bigger yellow and purple rangoli with corn starch as I ran out of white sand and had no rice flour at home either :-)

      I'm way more of a flower rangoli person, it's less messy :-)

    2. Anonymous1:23 PM

      I personally like hand printed footprints made with rice paste, because the ones that you get in the markets are very garish and blingish. This year I and wife made two rangolis, nothing fancy just a basic design. If you permit, I would like to send them to you.


  5. Ugh yeah these stickers foot prints are horrible! There are those rangoli stencils circles that have the foot print pattern on, much better looking and totally customizable.

    I would love to see the rangolis you did :-) please send it.

    1. Anonymous5:08 PM

      I have sent it on your e mail. Hope u like it. I sent by phone so there may be a few language mistakes. Phones have such small fonts. Hope u like it.


  6. I didn't see any tiny footprints here in Nepal this year. One family had a path of red squares to their puja room. I wonder why?


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