Importance of Toran in Diwali
Diwali, when you hear that the festival is nearing you tend to plan about a lot of things. Cleaning home, shopping new stuff, lightening the home, decoration, sending sweets to relatives, etc. but there is one more ritual attached to Diwali and that is toran. Toran is a traditional hanging seen in Indian households during festive occasions, like Diwali. It fits perfectly into the archways of doors and at the entrance of homes. The flowers and beads are hung on the doorways, pathways and windows and it gives the festive mood an enhancement and also adds on to the decor of the house.
Hanging a toran at the door is considered as an auspicious sign. These decorative toran are hung with an intention to welcome goddess Lakshmi to the households. You can either make toran by yourself in different ways to create varied effects, or buy it from market.
Here is a brief description of different types of toran you may use during Diwali.
Made from aromatic flowers, these toran hangings are perfect for the doors. You may use artificial flowers which can be washed and re-used next year. But the fresh real flowers look much more lively though they last for a shorter duration.
Beaded toran hangings are made of different coloured beads. They are noted for their visual appeal. Available in wide-ranging combinations, some of them look like crystals. You can attempt to make these beaded toran yourself using large beads and flowers. While making a bead toran, make sure to use traditional colors like red, brown, orange and yellow.
Thread toran is known for being classic. They are generally made from different coloured threads. They great with other decorative accessories and appear great on windows.
Toran With Conventional Motifs
These toral hangings come with conventional motifs like swastika, Om, beetle leaves etc. These toran hangings provides an excellent finishing touch to the house. Bright colors like red, orange and yellow improve the appeal. You might as well cut pictures of Swastika and Om from old cards.