When you light a diya or the candle – you place it on the ground. or on a balcony.You light it ritualistically, bending down. It is an act of reverence, of piety. As we pour ghee/ oil in the diya, we pay homage. The diya/ candle is what you light in temples – before god. And so, the replication of the ritual brings the divine into our homes.
Now, all of a sudden – Chinese lamps have flooded the market. Ornamental, hung from the top; are much like party festoons.You no longer need to bow or sit – but indeed stand and stretch. The form itself takes it away from a symbol of devotion to one of decoration. It changes Diwali as we have known it.