I love this season, right after Eid we had Raksha bandhan, followed by my birthday and now one of my favourite festivals – Ganesh Chaturthi ! Every year I spend atleast a month planning and prepping for this one. Right from selecting what type of idol we want to bring home to the decor to the clothes and food everything is planned meticulously by me and my family.
This year we decided to bring a clay ‘Ganesha’ idol home since I have been working on building a sustainable lifestyle and am trying to make small changes around me, last year I realised that it’s totally wrong to have anything but an eco friendly Ganesh idol. My good friend and table styling expert Ami Kothari was kind enough to help me out with the decor. We wanted to have a ‘green’ theme and use regular household items with traditional Indian flowers to add an ethnic touch and feel to the celebrations. We set off to Dadar Flower Market at 5 : 30 am one morning before the festivities and picked out banana leaves and marigold flowers to use them for the decor. What took up almost a day to work on, turned out to be one of the most stunning and spectacular decors I have seen for a pooja at home. Thank God for Ami and her expertise, she made sure my table was decorated and set just right and all that within my budget and with my vision of a sustainable decor.
It was well appreciated by friends and family but what I loved most about the whole concept that it was done with love and was very creatively executed with minimal wastage of any sort. For the festivities, I wore an Anamika Khanna dress that I teamed up with a Shohel Khatri ‘Bandhini’ dupatta that I picked up during the Paramparik Karigar show earlier this month and in the evening I wore a beautifully designed outfit by Divya Kanakia.
Ganesh Chathurthi is a reminder of the constant change in our life, it reaffirms and reminds that what comes to us must go away someday and that the sooner we learn to accept this rule with happiness the better it is. The fact that we see off lord Ganesha with music and dance is ideally how we must embrace every situation in life – good or bad. Over the years I have gained that everything will change and one must always be open to accepting whatever comes our way.
How did you celebrate Ganesh Chathurthi ? What did you wear ? Do share pictures of your celebrations and festivities with me or tag @acharmedlifein of FB and Instagram.