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5 Practical Tips to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

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Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

Homes all over India and even abroad are getting ready to welcome a special person into their homes in September. He is a familiar visitor at this time of the year. With his genial smile, elephant-head, and protruding belly, he is easily recognizable as Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Yes, you guessed it right! It’s time to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi once more. 

The markets are busy again, despite corona, and people are flocking to them to buy the Pooja materials and Ganesha idols for the celebrations. The festival that celebrates the birthday of Ganesha is a 10-day celebration. Beautiful Ganesha idols will be installed in homes and mandaps with themes ranging from the traditional mythological stories on him to current affairs during this time.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great zeal every year. There is immense joy in celebrating it with kith and kin and friends. The entire atmosphere becomes colorful and vibrant. Here are some practical tips for celebrating the festival.

Selecting the Ganesha Idol

No doubt, Ganesha is at the center of the celebrations. So it makes sense that selecting the Ganesha idol is the most important part of the festival. You will be spoilt for choice, as the shops vie with one another to display Ganesha idols in various attractive designs and sizes. You can even see them being sold on the pavements. These are specially crafted in villages by people who have been doing it for generations. The idols are made to suit different budgets, starting as low as Rs. 100. Earlier, people used to buy the colorfully painted idols or the Plaster-of-Paris ones. But now, with more awareness of their polluting effect on the environment and waterbodies, people prefer to buy eco-friendly idols. You can also support the environment by buying a Ganesha idol made of clay, natural fibers, paper, and other biodegradable materials.

Decorating the idol and mandap

Once you have bought the idols, decorating them and the mandaps is the next step. Some people go in for elaborate decorations. Others may keep it simple with just a few flower garlands. The theme of the season may also play a part in the decorations. If you plan early, you can get some really good deals from the vendors. Some shop only as the festival nears. Huge stock-clearance discounts can be taken advantage of. Or you can recycle some decorations from the previous year. Go to a wholesale retailer if you are looking for good prices. Order the idol beforehand and have a clear idea of the area you want to decorate. Then you will know the number of decoration materials required.

Lighting

Can there be a Ganesh Chaturthi without lights and lamps? New kinds of decorative lights and designs flood the market every year. Go to a shop where the lights and connectors can be given for servicing after use. Mix the colored light bulbs to add novelty to your designs. If you have a large installation, invest in some controllers that can help to control lights so that it looks more vibrant.

Festival sweets

During every festival, special sweets and feasts are prepared. This is also the case with Ganesh Chaturthi, as Ganesha is particularly known for his sweet tooth and fondness for food. One of his favorite sweets, as most people know, is the Modak, a sweet rice dumpling. Earlier it was limited to jaggery or coconut fillings, but today, there is a mind-boggling variety, including savory Modaks and chocolate Modaks. Make sure that you order your sweets many days before the festival, but they must be delivered only a day earlier. Don’t buy lots either, in case they go waste. Make an estimate of the number of sweets that you have to buy for guests.

Instead of colas, offer fruit juices and squash, as they are healthier. Use re-usable or biodegradable cutlery.

Shopping for Clothes and Gifts

Festivals mean new clothes and gifts. Usually, shops jack up the prices of clothes and gift items during this time. If you want to stick to your budget, avoid malls and high-end shops, and instead shop at fairs and exhibitions that are organized during festivals. They will also have modern as well as traditional and beautiful handicrafts at affordable prices.

Another option would be to check out online websites that have fairly good collections at affordable rates.

If you do some good preparation and planning, you will be able to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a better manner. Have a great celebration and enjoy the festival with your loved ones.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2021/Vinayagar Chaturthi 2021 is on September 10, a Friday.

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