You Will Need
- Cleaning products
- New clothes
- Small earthenware oil lamps called diyas, or electric lights
- Mustard or sesame oil, if you’re using lamps
- Cotton wool wicks, if you’re using lamps
- Rangoli patterns
- Rangoli powder
- A home shrine
- Tokens of prosperity
- Dried fruits and sweets
- A Hindu lunar calendar (optional) (optional)
- Premade rangoli patterns (optional) (optional)
- Fireworks (optional) (optional)
Clean your home
Prepare for the holiday by cleaning your home from top to bottom beforehand.
Wear new clothes
Wear new clothes to keep with the renewal theme of the holiday.
Place diyas or electric lights
Place diyas, which are earthenware oil lamps, or electric lights around your home and place of business. Different parts of India honor different deities during Diwali. One of the most commonly venerated is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and the lamps are supposed to guide her to these places. The lamps also signify the light of knowledge.
Set off fireworks
Set off fireworks, following safety rules and government regulations, to display the joy of the festival.
Open doors & windows
Open your doors and windows so Lakshmi can enter. You don’t want the goddess of wealth to pass you by because she didn’t have a key!
Trace rangoli patterns on floors
Draw or trace rangoli patterns on your floors with chalk and fill them in with powder. You can also buy premade rangoli and set them on your floor.
Decorate shrine to Lakshmi
To continue the tribute to Lakshmi, decorate a home shrine to her. Money and photos of houses, cars, and other signs of prosperity customarily are displayed.
Finalize all account books
On the third day, finalize all account books since day four marks the beginning of the new financial year in most areas.
Buy and exchange gifts, especially dried fruits and sweets, with friends and family. Between the fireworks and the candy, it’s clear why in India Diwali is children’s favorite holiday.