Hey EHD Readers! My title is Hina and though most of you’ve got by no means heard of me earlier than, I’ve labored alongside the EHD group since 2019 after they had been capturing for Em’s second guide (largely as a PA). I proceed to work with EHD alum (briefly with Velinda & Grace for VHD, numerous EHD productions, ongoing as an assistant to Bowser & Erik in addition to alongside Veronica the place she shoots and I type for different manufacturers). So I’m fairly EHD adjoining although that is my first time formally contributing to the weblog! 🙂
I’m excited to share how I host one of the crucial particular instances of the 12 months for me which a few of it’s possible you’ll already know. Diwali, also referred to as the pageant of lights, is a distinguished celebration noticed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the globe. Final 12 months on Diwali, I used to be really with Emily, Bowser & Sara on set on the Mountain Home and was capable of share the celebration with them. It was small, however intentional as I introduced up some Indian snacks & sweets together with some twinkle lights to make the day particular. I normally host an annual Diwali celebration and missed it the final 2 years for apparent pandemic causes, so I used to be additional excited to kick it off once more this 12 months. I’d like to carry you alongside to share how I weave in Diwali decor all through my numerous internet hosting zones.
So first off, what’s Diwali and the way is it celebrated? Diwali is well known in both October or November every year relying on the lunar calendar. As talked about above, Diwali is the pageant of lights and it celebrates the conquering of excellent over evil or mild over darkish. It’s celebrated in quite a lot of methods however one of the crucial distinguished methods is by lighting diyas (clay lamps). This symbolizes illuminating an inside mild and safety from darkness. Many homes are adorned by lighting diyas across the house. There are additionally stunning shows of rangoli (elaborate patterns product of coloured powder, flowers or dyed rice), fireworks/ sparklers, plenty of yummy meals, and tidying/cleansing the house to ask in Lakshmi- the Goddess of prosperity and luck. This all quantities to celebrating the brand new 12 months (at the least for Gujaratis – Gujarat is the area of India my ancestors are from). The brand new 12 months includes visiting household and associates and exchanging all of the fantastic Diwali selfmade snacks by every family. Celebrating Diwali helps me really feel related to my household & associates who I’ve lived away from for the previous 6 years (I hail from Toronto and my husband is from Sydney, neither of us commonwealth residents have household in LA not to mention America basically).
Although I’m not non secular, I affiliate Diwali with cultural belonging and resonate with the idea of remembering there’s mild even in darkish instances. The previous a number of years have been heavy with devastating blows across the globe- local weather change, social unrest/injustice, and the pandemic being forefront of so a lot of our lives. It feels much more essential to honor and maintain on to any symbolic or religious ritual tied to hope and being reminded of the great thing about the sunshine that also exists particularly in darker instances. Attending to share this event with associates in LA who might or might not know a lot concerning the celebration could be very particular for me.
Now that everybody has a fundamental idea of what Diwali is and the way it’s celebrated, I’ll dive into how I deliberate a Diwali celebration centered round Indian meals & Diwali decor that’s straightforward to execute. I saved issues easy, accessible, and delightful (in any case, I’m a stylist on the finish of the day!).
My first step was creating zones and utilizing a unique Diwali decor for every zone: The three zones are savoury snacks with florals, sweets a.okay.a. mithai with diyas/ candles and a drinks space with rangoli.
Zone #1: The Savoury Desk
Diwali meals is normally vegetarian, and I’m biased however Indians do vegetarian dishes WELL! My savoury desk has a mixture of scorching meals snacks and dry snacks (I’ve seen dry Indian snacks like Bombay combine at Dealer Joe’s and relying on what metropolis you reside in, yow will discover related Indian snacks at native grocery shops). I bought a lot of the meals from an Indian retailer and added in a crudités platter and a charcuterie board of dry Indian snacks combined with some berries and chocolate balls so as to add pops of freshness and color. LA admittedly has a tremendous flower market that I used to be capable of buy most of those blooms from, BUT I’d say 35% of those flowers are from Dealer Joe’s. Native grocery shops are available in clutch when internet hosting and are a way more accessible manner to herald contemporary florals to your house!
Historically, floral garlands are utilized in Diwali decor, however in the event you’re brief on time like I used to be, arranging some mini bouquets and sprinkling flower petals across the meals added a lot color and wonder, even when it’s not within the conventional sense. Enjoyable truth, marigolds which are sometimes utilized in floral garlands (and are in season this time of 12 months) are edible, so go forward and sprinkle them onto the meals as a garnish for a bit of additional pop as nicely.
Wall Mural | Small Framed Artwork | Stoneware Pie Dish
Having various dish sizes and shapes provides extra visible curiosity and dimension to the desk particularly as a result of a lot of the meals was in a yellow tone. As well as, protecting the dishware color palette in step with the general color theme saved all the pieces feeling cohesive.
Zone #2: The Sweets Desk
Tea Mild Holders | Glass Tulip Glasses | Marble Tray
The subsequent zone I centered on was the sweets desk. Indian sweets are very wealthy and indulgent so a bit of goes a good distance! Several types of sweets or mithai are additionally an effective way to include extra color into your meals coupled with dynamic flavours of mango, cardamom, rose and completely different nuts. I made a easy mango mousse out of mango puree, heavy cream, and agar agar powder, but in addition love incorporating easy-to-acquire sweets like chocolate on my sweets desk (Ferrero Rocher is at all times successful and the gold wrapping displays the glow of your diyas or candles so nicely!).
This zone is the place I included most of my tealight candles. I’ve a couple of conventional clay diyas, which require ghee and cotton to mild, however honestly I’m not as expert as my dad and mom at making ready them. So as a substitute I used them to show some mithai by lining them with mini cupcake liners and putting them within the diyas. This felt like a enjoyable method to incorporate a extra conventional ingredient and provides it a multi-use goal all whereas protecting the lighting course of extra easy for me! I like how this zone actually sparkles and provides the sensation of heat the vacation season is all about.
White Solar Plate | Gold Plate | Pink Tall Votive
Zone #3: The Drink Desk
Facet Desk | Mirror | Console Desk | Wooden Tray | Mint Inexperienced Thermos | Sconces (classic however from right here)
My remaining zone was for drinks the place I included a floral floating rangoli on a close-by desk. I made masala chai forward of time utilizing Diaspora Co’s chai spice mix (which is actually phenomenal if anybody is all for an genuine chai flavour by an ethically sourced, queer, WOC-owned model!) and put it in a thermos to make it straightforward for self-serving together with some sugar cubes. I like having tropical juices readily available as mixers or for non-alcoholic drink choices in mango, ardour fruit, or lychee, however on this case, I caught with some good previous Dealer Joe’s glowing lemonade. I made a decision to do a floating flower rangoli (as a result of I already had the florals readily available) and it contained the flowers for easy cleanup as soon as it’s time to compost. When you’ve ever made rangoli from coloured rice, powder or flowers on the ground, you understand the method of cleansing up after isn’t enjoyable and you’ll remember to discover remnants of it for months on finish afterward lol.
Rangoli might be as easy or intricate as you’d like. It’s also possible to simply print a design/stencil from the web in the event you’re wanting a little bit of steering on a sample you’re proud of. I made a decision to increase my sample past the bowl of floating flowers since I had more room on the desk. I positioned every Dahlia in a mini pinch bowl with water to maintain them contemporary and sprinkled flower petals round the entire design to fill any extra destructive area. I’m actually proud of the way it turned out and located the method to be fairly meditative. In any case, going inwards and reflecting on how we need to dwell with intention and illuminating that which we maintain at midnight is what this time of 12 months is all about! On the finish of the evening, I gave all my friends leftover flowers to take house as a celebration favour and can proceed to get pleasure from all of the completely different areas of contemporary flowers in my house for the approaching days.
I hope this put up serves as inspiration to go forward and have a good time Diwali in a manner you’re keen on although it’s possible you’ll not have entry to probably the most conventional methods of celebrating, otherwise you simply need to forge your personal path on find out how to have a good time such a wealthy pageant. I additionally hope it enlightened anybody who wasn’t acquainted with Diwali and has given you an appreciation of a pageant so many maintain pricey to their hearts. Thanks for coming alongside for the journey readers. Wishing you all a Comfortable Diwali and Saal Mubarak (Comfortable New 12 months!). xo
*Styled by Hina Mistry
**Pictures by Veronica Crawford
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