How To Decorate A Diwali Kalash
A Kalash/ Kalasha/Kalasa is a small metal pot made of copper, brass, silver or even gold, that has a large base and a small mouth, big enough to hold a ripe coconut. A Kalash is an important part of most Hindu religious ceremonies. It is considered auspicious and filled with water and leaves, grains or even coins and gems and offered to the Gods. The Kalash is a rather simple looking pot but made decorative for important auspicious occasions like Diwali. At Onehowto, we tell you how to decorate a Diwali Kalash.
With Traditional Leaves and Flowers
Decorate your Diwali Kalash with leaves from five different trees inserted into it along with some water and then a ripe coconut, which is placed in the center. It looks beautiful with just this simple setting. Flowers can be added to make it look more attractive. This is how a typical Kalash looks like, uncomplicated and still beautiful.
Learn how to decorate coconut in our article on coconut decorations for Indian weddings.
Some DIY Decorative Ideas
But when it comes to special occasions like Diwali, Kalash can be decorated in a number of ways. Since it is made of metal, one can think of many ways to make it look more colorful and ornate. For example, one could use regular oil paint and create colorful designs on the outside and the edges of the mouth of the Kalash. Sparkly paints and pens are also available in many varieties that can do the job for people with steady hands and love for creativity. Look up for design ideas on the internet and you will be spoilt for choice or get inspired by these rangoli designs for Diwali.
Next up you can use small mirrors available in interesting shapes and sizes or colorful and sparkly stones that can be pasted on the pot with a glue. Use vibrant colors and patterns to make the kalash shine. It’s not a bad idea to first coat the entire pot with a bright paint as a base in order to make the mirrors and artificial gemstones shine even brighter. Use of traditional fabrics in bright and vibrant colors and golden and silver laces(called ‘Gotas’) on the edges can change the entire look of the Kalash from a humble metal pot to a shiny ornate piece of art.
When it comes to decorating, there are no limits to one’s creativity. Diwali is a festival of lights, so keeping the theme in mind, it’s good to decorate with colors red and yellow. These are traditionally considered auspicious colors in Hinduism. So go ahead and show off your creativity this Diwali with a customized Kalash for you home.
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