A Diwali Tree?
Author: Aruna


I saw this last year on Modernica‘s website:  the Superstar Holiday Tree.  It’s been called a “Christmukkah Tree” – supposedly suitable for families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah (note the Star of David shapes).

Would you use this as a Diwali Tree?  A place to hang ornaments – and a place to gather Diwali gifts?  Would we be copycats or just assimilating a new tradition?

Made of natural baltic birch wood, the tree is designed to be reused year after year.  It comes in 2 sizes – large ($240) and small ($125).  But hold your horses – the tree is not available for another few weeks (yes, after Diwali).

Too bad Modernica didn’t think to market it as a Diwali Tree too.



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7 Responses to “A Diwali Tree?”

  1. Suniti Says:

    Hmm… definitely not a fan of the idea. Instead of reinforcing our own traditions, we’d be copying Christmas. Where’s the pride/joy in that? I think Christmas should be celebrated on Christmas, and Diwali on Diwali. Let’s not confuse them!

  2. Vandana Says:

    I agree with Suniti. The beauty of a festival lies in its unique tradition; the decorations and actions that go with it symbolise values that represent its culture. We need to celebrate the diversities; that would make people of different faiths appreciate each other more.

  3. Mehul Dr Says:

    Pardon me, but I disagree. It would be nice to have something to put ornaments on. My daughter makes these craft ornaments in school every year and right now they are in a shoebox. Of course have your traditions and decorations, but I see nothing wrong with having such tree. I’d put a small one in our house.

    The fact is that most of us growing up outside of India don’t really have many Diwali traditions.

    Also, I take major issue with how Diwali is treated (ignored!) in the US. There is no “tree” in Judaism, but companies like Modernica and Pottery Barn acknowledge their holidays. See, it is 2 weeks until Diwali, and the fact it that NO ONE is really talking about it (apart from the few South Asian-focused companies and blogs). My wife was at Pier 1 Imports over the weekend buying candles and decoration. The shop lady asked what she was decorating for, my wife said Diwali, and the lady said “what’s that?”

    We are one of the most affluent ethnic groups in the western world – yet not even a single western candle company markets to our major holiday.

    Does anyone else not see a problem with this?

  4. Alisha Says:

    I’m personally western hindu. read about new tradition “Pancha Ganapati”, maybe you should look it up too? :) It’s idea is to celebrate hindu own festival from December 21st to 25th, each day meaning something different. Even if you wouldn’t celebrate it – maybe it will give some ideas for diwali tree. like using palm tree or so? :)
    In my personal opinion – Diwali should be celebrated in a traditional way with unique twists but shouldn’t be influenced by western holidays. Also even though Diwali is also about money, it shouldn’t be materialistic like Christmas is now… (Christmas is materialistic but it’s all about forgetting true meaning behind it all.)
    Have a wonderful day ^_^

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  6. Lakshmi Says:

    Tree idea is very nice. But just that not this kind.

    In south of India, the whole month karthika masa is celebrated with Deepas.
    This is the month of TULASI KALYANA.

    On UTTANA DWADASHI day we decorate TULSI bush beautifully, as it is her wedding day.
    There you go another tree idea.

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