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Clean up for wealth and health this Deepavali


Deepavali is the festival of lights, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the inner light within all humans.Beautiful patterns made from colourful powder, called Rangoli, are created in homes during Deepavali.The environmentally friendly Jetmaxx green vacuum cleans dust in a highly efficient but silent manner, perfect for spring cleaning before Deepavali.The vapour time manager washing machine helps to save time on washes with its customisable settings, as well as ironing time with its de-wrinkling vapour action.

The triumph of good over evil for Hindus takes place on  26 October this year. Deepavali or Diwali, is a popular Hindi festival and an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs.

Derived from the Sanskrit word dipavali, the name of the festival means “a row of lights”. The occasion is named for the small earthenware oil lamps called diyas that decorate houses, shops and public places during the festive period. There are many legends associated with the occasion to explain the significance of the lights. Two popular stories involve the killing of the demon Narakaasura by Krishna and the killing of the ten-headed demon Ravana by Rama.


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Extending over five days, Deepavali celebrates the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. It begins with an oil bath in the morning before dressing in new, colourful clothes and going to the temple to pray for happiness and prosperity.

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Like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa, celebrations in various countries involve home visits in new clothes and the exchange of gifts. Where it is allowed, fireworks are set off.

The festival is also associated with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Many Indian business people see Deepavali as an auspicious time to start the new business year. To welcome the goddess into their homes, Hindus spring clean the house prior to Deepavali so Lakshmi can come in, while Rangoli – patterns made from coloured powders – are drawn on the floors.

Cleaning the house is important as it is believed Lakshmi only enters clean and cheerful homes. Laundry is done, old rubbish, dirt and dust is cleared away, while papers are placed in order and long-lost items are found.

Some tips for spring cleaning:

–       Break it up and organise – start with one room, or a part of the room if it is a large one. When each room is clean and sparkling, it helps to motivate you for the next. Work from the top down, inside to outside.

–       Declutter before cleaning so you don’t have to move 10 items before you can even get your duster where you want it.

–       Delegate! Have your children help pick up things and put them back in the right places. Ask your spouse to take a different “zone” of the room. Spring cleaning is more fun when done as a family.

–       Dust off items in the room before vacuuming and cleaning the floor. The energy efficient Electrolux ZJG6800 JetMaxx Green, with its high speed dust removal and low operation noise is perfect for putting the sparkle in a well-dusted room.


–       Get your other appliances going while you’re cleaning up around the house. The Electrolux EWF14821 Vapour Time Manager washing machine is great for helping you customise and schedule your wash times so the laundry is ready when you want it to be. Its vapour action saves more time with its softening and de-wrinkling effect, so less ironing is needed.


Like many other religious festivals, Deepavali is a time for renewed commitment to relationships and goodwill, a reaffirmation of hope and a celebration of the joys of life. And there is no better way to start the day with a house that even a goddess would visit. We wish you a Happy Deepavali!

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