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November 11, 2015

Diwali is here and one of the primary items in our shopping lists are things to light up our houses with, be they diyas, candles or the increasingly popular Chinese electric lights. Instead of the traditional earthen diyas and wax candles, more and more people are going for artificial lights or even electric or LED diyas, most of which, at least the better ones, are made in China. Variety of choice and cost are the two main factors responsible for this shift in preference.

However, we should remember that going eco-friendly is the best way. This implies using earthen diyas or wax candles. They save a lot of energy, which which makes them quite environmental.

Going traditional

Traditional diyas are not only environment-friendly, they look beautiful too. Nowadays there are beautiful designer diyas available. So it’s definitely not that you don’t have a choice. An example is the ‘mayur pradip’ or peacock-shaped pradip or diya, which is coloured blue to boot. And there are many more.  

The same goes for candles too. To cope with competition, candle manufacturers are making innovative candles. Coloured candles and scented candles (not necessarily the premium varieties) are selling particularly well.

You can also make your own lighting systems at home from environment-friendly things. Here are a few things you can try.

Melt candles, even half-burnt ones if you have them, in a vessel. You can also use wax dye to get the right colour. Cut wicks and paste them one each at the bottom of the glasses, making sure the other ends hang out. Pour the molten wax into the glasses, while holding the upper ends of the wicks erect. Once the wax cools down, your candle is ready. You can also make candles with different coloured layers using coloured wax.

MOSAMBI PEEL DIYAS: Mosambi or lemon peels make for wonderful diyas. Cut out a peel into two equal hemispheres, remove all traces of the fruit inside and fill them with mustard oil. You can also cut the sides of the peel in different shapes for an added effect. Now, just place a wick inside carefully and light up. You can also put wax inside the peel or make a fruit-peel candle.

Diyas made of wheat dough (Saumya’s Cards)

Lead image: Festival Chaska

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