Monday, December 10, 2012

Diwali Preperations

BM #23   Day 1


It's great getting back to BM , things are rather hectic at the home front and blogging has to take a back seat for a while.I shall be with you guys for two weeks and then again take a break.

For this BM , I have chosen to tell you how I prepare for the Diwali Festival.

Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepawali’ , which means a row of diyas. Diyas are tiny earhen lamps and this Hindu festival is celebrated with these little lamps to signify the triump of good over evil.

Unlike other festivals, the preperations of this festival begins quite early.There is so much to do, as the celebration of Diwali includes cleaning and decorating the house,wearing new clothes, preparation of delicacies , exchange of gifts, organizing get togethers and a lot more.

For our family this is one festival which is celebrated with lot of pomp and show.The cleaning of the house begins about two months prior to the festival.This is the time when the unwanted stuff is discarded.Houses are painted,new upholstery for sofas, curtains, bedcovers, you name it..all these just wait until Diwali.

Gifts and sweets are exchanged  between friends and family members.Apart from this gifts are sent to neighbours, officers, doctors and clients.We begin by making a list , which is actually there but just needs to be updated every year.
So we begin by…

Updating the list for gifts, sweets.
Decide on the  sweet.
Decide on corporate gifts.
Decide on family and friends gifts.

We like to give a personal touch to the sweets and gifts, so every year chocolate rocks and some Indian sweet is made.The sweet varies every year.For this year we made Nutty Fig Roll and Kaju Mithai.


The next step is to again work on the list and decide as to the number of boxes of each variety.Once the lists are worked on I order the boxes for chocolates and sweets.This time I found a manufacturer and it was really interesting to capture their work area and style of working.

 a narrow lane where I discovered the manufacturer for boxes

check the staircase! and dont miss the rope on the right with tiny bells..that's the railing!!

manufacturer's den!!

glue is being made in that big pot

assembling  the boxes

the bag shop

and that's my car

After I get the box size , I place the order for paper bags so the boxes can go in without any hassle.The process to get these ready is anywhere between 20-30 days.

while working on frames and customized gifts


some of the hand made brocade trays for gifts

Once the boxes and bags are ordered I work on the hand made gifts. These are only for close friends or special people. This year I worked on some brocade trays and photo frames.Since we are talking of creativity  we cannot miss the rangoli which is an essential part of the festival.For this year I worked on a Jewel led Rangoli.




Preparing chocolates and sweets is just one week prior to the festival.So we place the order for dry fruits, cooking chocolate and the rest of raw material just about 10 days prior.
For Day 1 it is all about planning the festival.Tomorrow we shall work on the goodies.


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16 comments:

  1. ohh..i m missing diwali already Vaishali...and what an effort, it seems like you did a huge event , and love the way you are invovled in each and every aspect of it...hats off

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  2. Great and awesome efforts Vaishali, wish i live in India to learn how to prepare for a festival..Mindblowing.

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  3. so interesting and home made crafts are beautiful

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  4. Loved those trays Vaishali...and you're one mega organized person! I bought some trinkets and blings after seeing ur post on rangoli, but it is all lying untouched

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  5. Wow awesome work... I think Diwali in North India is more magnificent and grandeur... The celebrations must have been a swell.. :) :) :)

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  6. Wow nice work!!! love the picture of your car!!! looks like it is more than the SHOP ITSELF:)
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - Let's Party - Eggless Bakes and Treats
    Ongoing Event - SYF & HWS - Ginger

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  7. Mind blowing and don't have any words to express the wonderful work you do for festivals. I'm missing festive days terribly after seeing your post.

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  8. Wow. So many things to do and it's really amazing to read how organized u are. Looking forward for the rest of the post in this series.

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  9. Awesome post Vaishali. so nice to have a peek into those shops and how you make your boxes..thanks..:)

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  10. Got a glimpse of your organisation and planning skills. :)

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  11. Great post Vaishali! I love that first candle and diyas click :)

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  12. Awesome management... Too hardwork

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  13. Great post Vaishali.Loved the work station and the trays. :)

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