With the Navratris going on and Dussehra and Diwali approaching, this is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. Add to it the approaching winters (not that we have much of it here in Mumbai anyway, but at least the weather is good 🙂 ) that brings much respite from the hot and humid weather here, no wonder I am in good mood. The festive season starts from Ganpati celebrations itself and is at its peak at this time during the Navratris. Navratri and Dussehra are so much fun here in the place we live in, as we get to experience it in so many forms – we have the garba/ dandia, Durga Puja and finally the Dussehra celebrations with the burning of Ravana and a grand show of fireworks. And on Ashtami or Navami, Cheebu is sure to get at least one invitation from our neighbours for kanya puja. I remember, as a child I always enjoyed this. The prashad of puris, halwa and black channa was always so so yummy 🙂 .
The best part about the these celebrations is that it is not limited to home and around, but we also have celebrations at office 🙂 Each of the 9 days of Navratris are marked by a particular colour and most
people women in my work place follow the colour code and come dressed in that colour for that day. So today I am wearing yellow and also packed a yellow dress for Cheebu for her daycare to be worn after school 🙂 Even in office you can sense the festivities in the air when you see the ladies draped in their silk sarees in the colour of the day. Though I don’t wear sarees to work myself, I love to look at and admire them, their sarees so perfectly draped and the way they remain perfect even at the end of the day. On the last working day before Dussehra, we have the Dussehra Puja in all the departments in our office. People come to work dressed in their best, we have the arti and puja in the afternoon followed by a small party after that. At Cheebu’s daycare too they have garba/dandia on the last couple of days of Navratri and I pack her Chania-choli on those days. She is quite excited about it 🙂
I am looking forward to the weekend to go out and see the garba/dandia and Durga puja in our colony and also to wearing a saree 🙂 . Sharing with you some pictures from last years celebrations
Happy Navratris to you, my dear blog friends 🙂 So how are you celebrating Navratri and Dussehra?