Replacing electric lights with natural ones will require much less manual effort, it will be easy in your pocket (think about the cost of the lights and the electricity bill), and, more importantly, environmentally friendly.
Below are the ideas for the couples to lighten up the home in the right way;
You should have some old glass bottles of soft drinks at home. It is time to recycle them. Keep these bottles in a line and now bring the long rope lights (single-color or multi-colored). Start placing a section of these string lights on the bottles one by one until you see a lot inside each bottle.
Now connect this string light and watch the magic unfold. You can also bring string lights with multiple lighting modes that you can set to automatic or change from time to time.
To add to the beauty, you can also use bottles with a glass of different colors. This line of bottles can be placed on the porch, on the mantle, or on a shelf in your living room.
Paper bag luminaires
It’s time to put those brown shopping bags to good use. Pierce the paper bag with a decorative punch or simply with a needle or pin. Place candles with batteries in each bag.
Display them on the corner tables or on the floor to create a warm atmosphere in any room. For a dramatic effect, add more bags of this type and explore the designs made from the holes.
Writing on the wall
Generally, we tend to decorate our walls with tapestries or paintings. What about turning them on too? Well, with strings or strips of lights, you could.
While you could place the string lights in different shapes and lengths and stick them to the wall, the strip lights could be better defined if you plan to write a word, say ‘Happy Tihar’. These lights can make your room shine, just turn off the rest of the lights.
You could give an ethnic touch to your home with the traditional brass lamps with fresh flowers and Rangoli. Traditional brass lamps are not only ideal gift items but an elegant lighting option for the occasion.
They usually belong to the Puja room, but can also be used to decorate the rangoli design in the lobby or the living room. Brass diyas for wall hanging or metal Diya brackets are quite popular and are available in various designs, such as peacock-shaped brass lamps, dancing Ganesha, and brass-shaped flower lamps.
Lightening with candles and diyos.
Here is a traditional idea of lighting your house. Light your interior and exterior with candles and diyos. You could use several arrangements to place them.
For example, place them on a plate, use floating candles in a bowl of water with flowers, place small candles in hanging chandeliers or simply place them in a line. You can use them in the living room, on the porch, at the entrance, and even as part of your rangoli. This traditional way adds lighting to your home that no light could do.
Make rangoli with natural colors.
Tihar’s decoration is incomplete without making a vibrant rangoli. Just be sure to replace the chemical colors with natural ones.
All you need to do is go to your kitchen and pick turmeric, colored legumes, flour, kumkum, and rice. Also, don’t forget to use flowers and leaves to create an impressive rangoli.
It is during Tihar time that people buy more in a year! You can see retail stores everywhere on the streets, although today many people prefer to go to the malls to buy or shop online.
Buying during festival times, you need a good budget, since you can always find products with great discounts during the holidays and you can always choose something within your budget.
In Tihar, couples can go shopping together and the husband can give company to his wife, which will make her feel good.
Whenever you and your partner go shopping, be sure to bring your jute bags. Give your friends and family plants in their place or along normal things and discard those plastic bags and papers.
Look for organic terracotta jewelry, pure silk or organic cotton clothing, and homemade sweets (beware of adulterated sweets) and it will also contribute to the profits of street vendors.
Also, try using public transportation when visiting family and friends. It will save you fuel and hours of being stuck in traffic.
Burning firecrackers together
It is wise not to burn crackers in Tihar for all the obvious reasons. In case you find it difficult to refrain yourself, adopt e-crackers and it is your moral duty to encourage your loved ones to do the same.
Make it smokeless, noiseless. We guarantee that you will not commit to creating memories for a lifetime.
Tips for the safe handling of crackers for parents with their children
– Buy in a licensed store
Be sure to buy crackers from authorized dealers. Also, verify the brand and do not buy cheap crackers. Not only this but consider your baby’s age before buying crackers. Ensuring the safety of your children should be your priority, so don’t compromise there.
– Never leave the child alone
Do not leave your child alone while crackers explode. Accompany them and ask them to be careful. Make sure the adult one among you two or any elders be with your children.
– Cover your mouth
Avoid burning crackers, as they lead to various respiratory and circulatory problems. However, if you are still burning them, be sure to cover your mouth properly with a mask.
– Use incense sticks
Instead of lighting a matchbox every time, use an incense stick. Help give some buffer time to back off the cracker before it explodes.
– Wear cotton clothes
Dress your children in the lightest clothes. Avoid using nylon material, as it is easily flammable. Also, make sure your children wear shoes while handling crackers.
– Exploit crackers in an open space
Never crack crackers in a congested space. Try to meet in an open space that has no inflammatory elements around. Also, avoid keeping the fireworks stock near where you are bursting crackers, to avoid accidentally firing.
– Stand at a distance
Make sure your child never looks at crackers while lighting them. Keep a considerable distance from the cracker to avoid the flash, which could harm your little one and you. Also, never try to light a used cracker.
Plan a trip
If you are not celebrating Tihar, you can plan for the vacation. Govardhan Puja falls the next day after Tihar. They are followed by Bhai Dooj and a weekend. If you already have a discount at these festivals or can leave your office, you can plan a five-day vacation.
In addition, you will be far from the hustle and bustle of the city and, most importantly, from pollution, and the couple can spend quality time with each other and create unforgettable memories.
Places in Nepal where couples can go on vacation
- – Kathmandu
- – Chitwan
- – Pokhara
- – Manakamana
- – Ghalegaun (Lamjung)
- – Bandipur
- – Illam
- – Dharan
Do little activities together
Your partner and you can plan small activities together to make this day a memorable affair. From designing a rangoli, and painting the diyas to cooking a special meal and watching a movie, it is the perfect occasion to have a good time together. Both of you can watch a movie at home or can go cinema hall.
Cleaning the home together
Both husband and wife can work together cleaning the house. Working together can improve the special bond of husband and wife and they can collect the memories of fun and romance.
Tips for cleaning the home.
– Use white vinegar while cleaning things.
– Wear hand gloves before starting to clean.
– Use half a lemon dipped in vinegar to clean the refrigerator.
– Use newspapers to clean glass surfaces and mirrors.
– Change all sheets, curtains, and carpets in the house.
– Instead of cleaning the whole house at once, it is better to fix the house, one area at a time. Start with the areas that require less maintenance and will remain clean until the festival date.
– Tihar cleaning is a wonderful time to get rid of all those unwanted items that are there messed up in your closet and your home. Think about the things you haven’t used since the last Tihar and get rid of them.
– Before cleaning appliances such as the refrigerator, air conditioning, dishwasher, etc., check if any of these items need repair and maintenance. In our busy lives, we often delay these regular maintenance and repair activities.
Tihar Greeting Cards
We often exchange greeting cards in Tihar. Children need it to express their gratitude to their teachers and wish them a festive greeting. Instead of buying cards, husband and wife can make greeting cards at home and can teach their children and let their children choose the material and use their imagination.
You can use scrap material and old greeting cards to make some mosaics in the new ones. Several YouTube videos can help you learn new skills, such as paper quilling.
Make and decorate candles
Instead of buying candles in the market, couples can together make them at home. You can design the candles any shape, color, and size and add shine to that extra shine.
You can also make scented candles. All you need is a candle-making kit, which is easily available online, or raw wax, molds, wicks, etc., which can also be picked up in stores.
Imagine how beautiful your home will look with so many handmade decorative details. Your little children will learn many new things while working on these crafts together with you.
By Sudip Babu Dhakal