It is the busy time of the year again. Markets are decorated with the best and they are being flocked by enthusiastic buyers. It is the time when we welcome the ‘Elephant-headed God’ in our homes. Ganesh Chaturthi, as the festival is referred to in many parts of the country, is spread across 3 to 11 days of celebration. The festival includes installation of beautiful Ganesha idols in homes and mandaps whose themes range from religious beliefs to current affairs, with everything bright and colourful around.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year with great preparations and enthusiasm. The joy of the festival lies in celebrating it with friends and loved ones. The atmosphere around is vibrant and festive. Let’s look at the ways to celebrate the festival and be blessed.
The most important part of the festival is selection of the Ganesha idol. One can witness numerous design and life size idols on display. They are available adorning the pavements and the villages where idols are crafted through generations. Countless idols of varying sizes and colours are displayed which range from a few hundred rupees to crores. Make a difference this time. Instead of going for the regular painted or plaster-of-paris idols, opt for an eco-friendly one crafted by clay, natural fibres, paper and other biodegradable materials.
The mandaps and the idols are incomplete without garlands and other decorative items relating to the theme of the season. Early birds are planned and can choose through various vendors to get hold of the best deals. However, it’s not too bad to start close to the festival. Some traders give away massive discounts to clear their stocks. You also could choose to re-use some from your last years and do a mix and match. It is always pocket friendly if you pay a visit to a wholesale retailer. Ordering the idol and the having an idea of the area to be decorated is always a sensible act. By now you know the right size and the quantity required for decoration materials.
Lights and Lamps
Like any other Indian festival, Ganesh Chaturthi too, is full of lights and lamps. Every year new types of lights and designs come out that make it brighter and fantastic. Try out a place where the lights and connectors can be serviced instead of ones which will need to be thrown away when they go bad. Try to mix coloured light bulbs to make your designs look new. Larger installations may include investment in some controllers that can be used to control lights to make it more vibrant.
No festival is complete without sweets and feasts. Modak is the most preferred sweet for his festival. Do order your sweets much earlier to the festival, however they should be delivered a day earlier. Buy in moderation so that they don’t get wasted. Also have a fair estimate of the amount of sweets that your guests visiting will also get.
Do not serve aerated drinks, go with fruits juices and squash. These are a lways a healthy choice. Go for re-usable or biodegradable plates, spoons and glasses.
Clothes and Gifts
New clothes and gifts are a must. As any festival approaches, there is a hike in the prices of clothes and artefacts. Rather than malls and high-end streets, try to pay a visit to exhibitions and melas (fairs) which are specially organized during this time of the year. At places like this, you not only get traditional attires and latest trends, but you also get to see beautiful gift items at affordable prices.
For clothes and gifts, one can also visit various websites that have good collection on and additionally give good discount during festivals.
Detailed preparation and planning will only help give you more time and peace to celebrate this auspicious time with friends and family. Enjoy yourself! Gorge on sweets, food and finally don’t forget to enjoy the warmth of sharing gifts with your near and dear ones.
May Lord Ganesh shower his choicest of blessings on you and your family this Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganpati Bappa Mourya!