Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Diwali - The Festival of Lights's Photos - How to Decorate Our House On Diwali

A host of traditional Decorative Items are used in Hindu households to redecorate the house on Diwali. Besides, presenting a bright new outlook, these also lent a joyful feel of the festival to the house. Presented below is a brief description of some of the most popular Diwali Decorative Items.

Torans or Door Hangings
Torans, Bandhanwars or Door Hangings call what you may are the most important of all Diwali decorative items. These are used to adorn the main entrance door and that of the worship room to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Diwali Toran are handcrafted and come embellished with embroidery, bells, beads, mirror, shells, image of Lord Ganesha etc. Torans are very much in vogue these days and are the most fashionable Diwal Decorative Gift.

Diwali Diyas
The word, ‘Deepavali’ means rows of lamps. This explains why Diyas are an integral part of the festival. The traditional Diwali Diyas or lamps have witnessed a makeover in past few years. Erstwhile they were the sole creation of the potter’s wheel but today they are being handled by creative designers and craftsman who paint and turn diyas in innovative shapes and pattern. Wax filled diyas are the very much in demand as they are more convenient to use than the conventional oil ones. Brass and aluminum diyas are also quite popular. These days one can find a variety of ready to gift Diyas sets in the market.

Diwali Candles
Aromatic and designer candles are an important Diwali decorative item. Besides, illuminating the house they present a calm and soothing atmosphere. Just as Diyas, candles too have undergone a major transformation in terms of looks. Today they come in artistic shapes and innovative designs. It is considered auspicious and blissful to light floating candles in a glass pot filled with water and decorated with flower petals. One can browse through a variety of candles in popular Diwali shopping sites and order them for dear ones as Diwali gift.

Decorative Lamps
Diwali Lanterns and Lamps come in variety of shapes and material ranging from clay and paper to glass, brass and marble. They are considered to be an important Diwali decorations item as they turn a room bright in an artistic manner. Diwali Lamp are a wonderful gift for those wishing to redecorate their house.

Wall Hangings
Wall Hangings adorned with the image of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are a popular Diwali decorative item. As the festival is a traditional one, wall hangings with ethnic touch are preferred over others. Embroidered cloth panels too work wonderfully as a Deepavali decorative.


A colourful festival or festival of lights some may call; celebrated by all Hindus worldwide is Deepavali. This festival usually falls around late October and November. One important practice that the Hindus follow during the festival is to light oil lamps in their homes on Deepavali morning. By lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate.
The Legend -
There is even an interesting legend behind this festival. The story goes that Narakasura, a demon, ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. Under his rule, the villagers suffered a lot of hardship as the demon tortured the people and kidnapped the women to be imprisoned in his palace. Seeing his wickedness, Lord Krishna set out to destroy the demon and the day Narakasura died was celebrated as Deepavali, the triumph of good over evil!

Preparations -
Preparation for Deepavali starts usually at least two to three weeks before the festival. It is known in our country the Hindus will be busy cleaning their houses to prepare for the festival. Some would even renovate include painting; furniture changes may take effect to prepare it for Deepavali. Shoppin! Is the usual drill for the family to shop for new clothes and for accessories to decorate their homes. Prior to the festival, Indian shops will be selling festive items like Deepavali greeting cards, carpets, sarees, Jigpa’s and Kurtas, Punjabi suits and flowers. The Hindus will have frequent visits to these shops when it is Deepavali Season. Food supplies will also be accounted as Deepavali main event will be spent on food most of the time esp for all types of people.
Celebrations -
The Hindus usually wake early in the morning of Deepavali around 3am (Brahmamuhurta) and the first ritual will be having an oil bath (Containing Nallenei & Siakai), which is an important feature of Deepavali. Hindus will be dressed in their new clothes on Deepavali. Most of the ladies would be clad in silk saris or Punjabi suits of various bright shades. Hindus particularly dislike dressing in black on that day, as they consider black an inauspicious colour for the festival. Hindus would also pay their respects to the elderly and most families would go to the temple before having breakfast. This is also an important practice for them. The houses would be decorated in the day and illuminated by night with oil lamps and children will play with firecrackers to celebrate the festival under elders’ provisional guide. On the first day, they would not go visiting but would stay at home to welcome the guests who visit them.
Food -
Visiting Hindus during Deepavali is an interesting activity in Malaysia, as you will get to taste a wide variety of delicious food. In every home that you visit you are bound to be served with a tempting spread of sweets. Some of the popular sweets are Kolkattai, Murukku, Jilebi, Athirasam, Halwa, Burfi and Laddu. Hindus love eating spicy food and for non-vegetarians they indulge in favourites like chicken tandoori, prawn sambal and fish head curry. In homes of Hindus who are vegetarian’s popular dishes are like thosais, idlis, pooris and naans are prepared.
Greetings –
So, I’m sure this wonderful day is awaited with great sense of joy and happiness by all of us. In a happy mood of great rejoicing, air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere, lets us forget and forgive all the wrong done by others and pray for the unity of our fellow beings. Therefore, for this Deepavali, Creative,Passion,futuristic-Kalaiselvan wishes my entire fellow brother’s and sister’s out there a HAPPY PROSPEROUS DEEPAVALI for the year 2009. Maaf zahir batin...lets blog and rock!

Monday, 12 October 2009

I was like, Britney Spears doing magic?

Every time I watch magicians perform all kinds of tricks, it really does make me wonder how on earth they managed to pull everything together, so real yet unbelievable!

Just like how they put Britney Spears into a human box during her Circus Tour 2009 performance, had two blades cutting through her and separated her into three boxes.

I was like, Britney Spears doing magic?

Are you kidding me? She can’t even sing (okay, like she cares if people think she can’t)!

Until someone posted the link to this video to expose the magic trick:

Wah seh, cool leh! It’s so damn easy even a child could do it. My brother Rajiv also can perform lah!

If you think that video beh syiok, wait till you see this one:

I love how one of the magicians said, “This is for you, Criss Angel!” Yeah Criss, your magic tricks are so 2000 and late!

Illusions are indeed the coolest thing on earth now! More magic tricks revealed:

Cool not? Eh, must kam sia me for providing the videos leh. I bet you have never seen them before!