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First of all, wish you all a very Happy Navratri, Happy Dusshera (in advance) and all in all, Happy Festivities 😁
Isn’t this the most favorite part of the the whole year? 😊 And the busiest of course! We are already under the spell of festivals with Durga Puja & Dusshera knocking our doors and Diwali being just around the corner. This time of the year makes me exceptionally nostalgic and overwhelming by a rush of childhood memories & associations.
Everything from food to decorations, and shopping sprees with mom to designing our own clothes for the festivals makes it really special, but it is actually the sense of belonging, the connection we feel each other during this time that raises our festive spirit much higher. It is the closeness of relationships, embracing the culture and traditions in a full swing is what makes it the best time of the year across the country!
5pm in the evening, many many miles away from my home country, I found myself wondering what was about this time of the year that made me “yearn” for HOME, more than any other time of the year. I found myself reminiscing all the fun & laughter filled childhood memories associated with this day of “Ashtami”. This day being celebrated as the 8th of Navrarti and the onset of Durga Puja around the country, is whole heartedly dedicated to women in every avatar; as little girls or as simply as women, paying gratitude to the Supreme Goddess. In simple words Navratri can be described, as the celebration of woman power, a festival of women, for women and by women.
Reviving Childhood memories
I remember waking up early in the morning, slipping into the prettiest of all dresses i owned, along with matching bangles and accessories and sometimes even bindi (always trying to look like my mumma) for Kanjak, while the boys were getting ready for school. The excitement doubled up when we were allowed to take a day off from school 😀!
It was not only a special day being a little girl being worshipped as a Goddess and offered with new clothes and gifts but was also an important one for mothers too, right from preparing for the day a week before to waking up earliest in the morning to perform rituals and cooking delicious food and prasaad for the Puja. A day that shows women’s strength in all ways and her importance in life, whether its a girl child or a wife or a mother.
Right from the beginning of Navrartri to Dusshera and the arrival of the festival of lights, Diwali, everything around screamed “Festive” being decorated so bright and beautiful. One of my favorite memories of this time of the year is visiting local markets and Diwali Bazaars with mom, and holding hands so i wouldn’t get lost in the crowd screaming out loud in excitement 😀. The shiny bright lights and myriad of colors around, somehow made the chaos looked magical in itself.
Another fond memory of being back at home during the festival season was sourcing material and designing our own clothes together along with multiple visits to the market looking for matching accessories and trinkets to make it more festive. There wasn’t a time when Diwali would be just around the corner and we would realize that all this time when we were busy shopping for ourselves, we forgot to buy gifts for everyone 😅, and then came the last minute rushing scenes and disappointment for not being able to find perfect gifts. Pheww..
This time of the year has brought so much joy in my life that even if I am not at home with my family physically, i could still feel the festive spirit building up inside me! Very unlikely of me to say that…😅
keeping the Festive spirit alive in a Foreign country
Whether you are fasting or feasting, celebrating Navrartri or Durga Puja, whether you are twirling around gracefully to the rhythms of Garba in the west or “pandal hopping” from one stall to another for food or entertainment at a Durga Puja celebration in the east, either way you are celebrating and reveling in the energy of Divine femininity, because this is what this festival is all about. It’s a celebration of womanhood, an ode to the Shakti (energy) present inside all of us, irrespective of gender, caste or creed or wherever you are in the world.
6 years in this foreign country, endless trips back and forth, there isn’t a single day that i have not missed wearing something that reminds me of my culture, even the smallest of things bought at a local market. This year has been all about embracing my inner Goddess and celebrating the innumerable amazing things our culture offers even while staying in a foreign country and keeping the traditions and festive spirit alive while reminiscing the good old memories 😊
An ode to Goddess Durga
Believe it or not but i feel the strongest as a woman in a Saree or a traditional outfit per se, in comparison to any other type of clothing. That is when i truly embrace my inner Goddess, following the unconventional route and embracing my individuality and non-conformist ideals of draping a saree in a world that is miles away from where i belong, yet being so deeply rooted inside me.
– Cladded in a red and white saree, a big round bindi, riding on a lion or a tiger, Goddess Durga not only possesses unlimited power but uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil. Away from anger, arrogance, selfishness, greed, jealousy, desire to harm others, i feel Goddess Durga teaches each one of us to be the fierce & free spirit and embrace our uniqueness in whatever way we wish to.
– She represents pure “Shakti” (positive energy), as the divine light, the embodiment of feminine and creative energy. We as women come in all shapes and sizes, follow different ideals in life, and possess unique abilities and desires. Having a fondness of saree and being able to showcase my love through the little anecdotes of life, i am here to tell you that there is Goddess present in each one of us, there’s “Shakti” in each one of us to fight against the odds (social norms) and be whoever we wish to be and this festive season lets embrace our uniqueness, our inner beauty in however way we want to.
Let’s be like Goddess Durga! 🙏
I hope you enjoyed the post and it reminded you some great memories of your childhood 🙂 With this post i am adding a new section called “Tradition meets Bohemian” under the Fashion category that will include such outfit inspirations, an amalgamation of both traditional and bohemian vibes.
Concept and styling: Tanvi Mutneja (@tanvi_msidhu)
Photography : Rajvir Sidhu