Navratri Celebrations

Every festival in India has its own flavours. Navratris is one of them. For ten days and nights Goddess Amba is worshipped in various forms. Bengalis worship the Mahishasurmardini form of the Goddess Amba. From panchami the Durpa puja celebrations of the bengalis start.

However, the festivities doesnot start from that day. It starts much before the arrival of the Goddess. Yes gearing up for the celebration is more exciting than anything else. Especially with the ladies.

Shop hopping for the latest saree, accessories and all is part of this excitement.

And today I want to highlight the essence of the glass bangles topping the accessories list. I love to flaunt my glass bangles during the festival. My favourite bangle shop here offers all variety of glass bangles and the best part is the slamesman are marvelous in making a designer set for you in no time.

I love to flaunt mine during these days.

What about you?

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So this Ganesh Chaturthi…

This part I am doing for myself. For my peace of mind actually. Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated today. Its a festival both rich and poor celebrate with pomp and show. Reason, Ganpati is the God of happiness and prosperity and every human being is in need of it. From the past decade the Ganpati pandals have shown a major rise and this is what concerns me today. Although my write up is in Hindi but I am sure you will understand what I mean to say.indexindex2index3index4

So this is the reality unless we take precautions right away.

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Why HOLI Me…?

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I don’t think I know of any other Indian festival where you buy something actually for others. India has so many festivals throughout the year that it makes every seasons enjoyable. (We have festivals in every season and if there isn’t one then birthdays and anniversaries make it up). So on every occasion we purchase something or the other and that too only for our own use. New clothes, sweets, home furnishings, home decor almost everything you can think of anything that is usually purchased during the festivals is entirely for personal use. In other words, you can celebrate the festival without a community too. Of course if you have a community then it is fun however, in the absence of it also you can celebrate it in your own way.

For example, on Diwali you can decorate your house with oil lamps, candles and electric lights, Christmas too you can decorate the Christmas tree in your house and but presents for your family. Or even during Durga Puja you purchase new clothes and visit the pandals with your family. In general talk about any festival you can celebrate with your family members only.

Whereas on HOLI you buy colors, pichkari, thandai and all the other accessories for other’s use. You cannot celebrate it alone with your family members. You need a community to celebrate this festival and that too spend your money to buy things for others. So in actual terms, HOLI is the ultimate community festival and that is the only reason I love it more.