There’s no better occasion to bring in the new and give your home a refreshing makeover than Diwali. Apart from giving the house a fresh coat of paint and doing a thorough round of spring cleaning, the Festival of Lights is an auspicious time to shop for pieces of gold and silver, clothing and ornaments as well as household essentials to welcome good fortune into your home.
Shobha T. Bhalla, Managing Director of popular lifestyle magazine, India Se, talks about the significance behind this custom, “Many businesses choose to begin their financial year on Diwali. It’s also common practice to buy big-ticket items to symbolise wealth and prosperity. Other than splurging on jewellery, the wealthy would go to the extent of buying new furniture, household appliances or even cars!” While a total revamp isn’t necessary for most, it is particularly important to buy new household items that are made of steel, as owning metal is an indication of wealth.