October is here! You know what that means ― the festive season is here! After the unpleasant tragic year that we all have had, everyone is eagerly waiting to put on their party hats and unwind during the celebrations. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, stepping out of the comfort of your homes to make merry is not safe. It is wise to stay indoors and enjoy the festive season. If you are someone who used to gather at your friend’s place and have a ball, this might sound easier said than done. Especially if you have kids. They might get restless and want to whoop it up during this festive season. Therefore, we are here to show you 7 ways to celebrate Navratri Puja at home so you and your kids can make it a memorable one:
1. Organize Kid-friendly Games
Nothing gets kids excited as much as games do. While you spend time with your family and enjoy the delicious food, snacks, and conversation, your kids can keep themselves occupied with games that can be organized by your older kids. Whether it is a simple rangoli competition or a storytelling session, kids will be super pumped to participate in them.
2. Include Them In The Rituals
Indian festivals are rich in rituals. During Navratri that is celebrated for nine nights and eight days, there are many observed traditions and practices. The Kanya Puja, Kalash Sthapna, and even fasting are a big part of commemorating Goddess Durga. Include your kids in the ritual and invite them to participate in whatever is possible and appropriate for their age. It will make them feel important and keep them engaged and interested.
3. All About The Festival
Most kids do not know why a festival is celebrated. They are simply a part of it year after year. During this time, it’s a good idea to explain to them the importance of why Navratri is celebrated, what it means, and how Goddess Durga is revered. Kids are most curious to know more about the stories and origins of the festival. They might have many questions about it and are sure to listen intently to the stories.
4. Fasting And Its Benefits
Fasting is an integral part of Durga Puja. Kids might not do it and that’s okay, but instead of just observing a fast, explain to them the different benefits of fasting. Despite having a spiritual significance, fasting also boosts the functionality of your digestive system. You can talk to them about the importance of fasting and its advantages to the human body.
5. Decorative Ideas
Colorful decor is inevitably a part of Navratri or any Indian festival. Your kids could help you with DIY decorations around the house with their artistic skills. If you enjoy arts and crafts, get your kids together, and teach them how to do simple decorative items that you can use around the house. They can also help paint, decorate, and sparkle up dandiya sticks.
6. Garba And Dandiya Dance
One of the most fun traditions of Navratri is the garba and dandiya. Teach your kids the simple and easy steps so that they don’t have to be left out of the dance. They will learn to appreciate the festival more and look forward to it when they are involved.
7. Delicious Food Recipes
Food, food, and lots of food! Every festival has a specific set of mouthwatering dishes that are prepared. Involve your kids in the preparation process. They will not only feel good about it but also develop an interest in cooking. Besides, you never know if your kids have a dormant cooking gene that can become active through these activities.
Festive seasons bring in a lot of happy and cheerful vibes in every household. It’s common practice for adults to be a part of it, but it makes the celebrations more lively when kids are also a part of the preparations, celebrations, and traditions. So what are you waiting for? Get your kids together and make this Navratri Puja a grand success!