Diwali Lighting Displays: Decorating for The Festival of Light

Diwali is widely celebrated in the Minneapolis area. Throughout the five-day festival, which runs between October and November each year, vibrant light displays shine bright all over the Twin Cities.

Clean and Clear specializes in holiday lighting installation, and we provide residential and commercial lighting options for a wide range of holidays, including Diwali.

Looking for some home decor inspiration for Diwali? We’re counting down some of the most common decorations for Diwali and hope you’ll get a few ideas for how you can light your home.

What Is Diwali?

Diwali is the largest holiday celebrated in India, and each year, during Diwali, Indians light their homes with bright and colorful holiday decorations and lights. The lights represent their inner light, which protects those living in the home from spiritual darkness.

Diwali is a very important spiritual holiday, similar to Christmas for Christians. Traditionally, Hindus and those celebrating, light their homes with a row of clay lamps. However, many observers have adopted modern Diwali light displays to make their homes shine bright throughout the festival.

How Is Diwali Celebrated?

In India, Diwali is traditionally celebrated with the lighting of lamps in earthen clay pots. Yet, in addition to the lighting of lamps, the festival is celebrated in different ways depending on the day of the week. For example:

  • Day 1 – Traditionally the house is cleaned, and Diwali revelers purchase metallic objects to welcome good fortune into the home.
  • Day 2 – The clay lamps, diyas, are lit on the second day. Along with lights, colorful floor displays, made from sand, flower petals, and other vibrant materials are put out to welcome the gods.
  • Day 3 – Families gather to pray to the gods of good fortune. In the evening, families feast and fireworks displays are common.
  • Day 4 – On Day 4, the New Year is celebrated. Gifts are exchanged, and families share well wishes for the New Year.
  • Day 5 – On the last day, brothers and sisters visit and enjoy another feast together.

Home Decorations and Lighting Displays for Diwali

The two most common types of decorations for Diwali are lights and rangoli displays. Both displays typically include bright, dazzling colors and plenty of light.

Although the lights have traditionally been clay pots lit with candles, many now choose to use modern holiday lights. For example, bright white LED string lights are a favorite for Diwali displays. Homeowners may hang lights around the door, or along the eaves of the home.

Need help installing a light display in time for Diwali? Clean and Clear can help. We install holiday lights all across the Minneapolis – St. Paul area. Contact us today to learn more!

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