Diwali, known as ‘festival of lights’ all over the world, really lives up to its name with the abundance of vibrant lights emanating from beautiful diyas and elegant candles. Did you know that Diwali is celebrated not just in India, but also celebrated with much fanfare in other countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, etc. Around the world, it is observed by Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs, as well. This time of great rejoicing is observed not just by Hindus, but everyone in India participates in a spirit of joy and goodwill.
The meaning of Diwali
When celebrating Diwali, people are actually celebrating the victory of light over dark, which is symbolic of goodness over evil and knowledge over ignorance. This is a universal theme that can be found in almost every culture in the world and speaks of the deep yearning in human nature to attain enlightenment or union with the Divine.
How Diwali is celebrated
Diwali is a time that people spend with their family and friends. Everyone from neighbours to faraway relatives visit each other places with sweets, called ‘mithai’, as well as other gifts that are token of their affection and good wishes. These gifts are given not just at the level of family and friends but also by corporates, who gift their employees with special rewards on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.
The most popular and loved gifts for Diwali
In keeping with the theme of the festival of lights, two of the most popular gifts that are seen during this time are diyas and candles. These are not just meaningful gifts but also very useful during this festival as more the light there is, better for everyone!
Different kinds of diyas and candles
There is no limit to the creativity that goes into making diyas and candles for Diwali. From the shapes and sizes to the colours and designs, there is an unlimited array of choices for those who want to gift diyas and candles for Diwali or want to buy it for themselves to decorate their homes on this special festival.
From hand-made diyas and candles to factory-made ones, each will bring a ray of light and cheer to your space. Diyas are made from different materials as well, ranging from clay to bronze, copper, brass, silver, and even gold. You can expect the most intricate carvings in these diyas. There are also diyas that are decorated with special beads, sequins, glass pieces, etc. These go a step further to reflect light thousand times more than plain diyas, which gives a divine glow to any space that is decorated by it.
Today, candles are also much in demand for Diwali. There are different types of candles, such as votive candles, tea light candles, floating candles, etc., that can be used to decorate different spaces. Fragrant candles exude an extra dimension of freshness into any space.
This Diwali, brighten up your home with exquisite diyas and candles and watch your life being illuminated like never before!
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