Because our backgrounds -- religious and otherwise -- are so different, this wasn't exactly a traditional celebration. But we did make time for some sparklers and a (very) simple rangoli, and I couldn't resist decorating our apartment with a colorful banner.
10+ paint chip strips from a hardware store
Colorful washi tape (optional)
I first cut the paint chips into 1.5 inch squares, which worked well for the size of paper I'd gotten. Then I cut a five foot piece of string and threaded the embroidery needle.
To string the paper on the string, I started by piercing one corner of the paper from the front-to-back with the needle, pulling the thread across the back of the paper, and sending the needle back through the paper from back-to-front.
It turned out to be a really easy way to add a pop of color to our apartment!