19 September will mark the beginning of this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi. This festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and prosperity. People across all religions come together to worship him with joyous fervor during these 10 days.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi brings a sense of joy and festivity into our lives. This article will explore ways that we can make this festival even more special and memorable for all.
Rituals of Ganesh Chaturthi:
It is believed that praying to Lord Ganesha during the festival brings peace and prosperity. During Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees perform poojas and distribute Prasadam (or food offerings) to family members, neighbors, and friends. This can be an excellent way to celebrate togetherness by coming together as a community in prayer.
People also decorate their homes and temples to welcome Lord Ganesha. This includes creating beautiful rangolis with flowers, colorful lights, and other decorations.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a time for celebration that not only involves religious activities but also social gatherings. Families organize feasts and play traditional music which are enjoyed by all. People also organize processions, called Ganesh Utsav, where the idol of Lord Ganesha is taken out in a procession.
During these days, there are many cultural activities that take place such as plays and dance performances. This can be a great way to get everyone involved in the festivities.
Ways to make Ganesh Chaturthi memorable:
Make Ganesh idol at home using clay:
Making Ganesh idols at home using clay is a great way to bring the family together and get creative. It is believed that making an idol ourselves brings immense positivity and joy in our lives. Your kids will love getting involved in this activity as it is full of fun. Moreover, it will be a great moment to share with your family and friends.
Decorating the mandap (the area where the deity is kept) with colorful backdrops and flowers is a great way to make your celebration special. You can also add some diyas (earthen lamps) to highlight this sacred area. Additionally, you can use big size LED lights or little fairy lights to make it more beautiful. In addition, you can also hang paper garlands or traditional rangoli designs to make your mandap look beautiful.
Organize a Ganesh drawing festival:
Organize a drawing festival to bring out the artist in you and your family. Get creative by taking part in competitions, such as best Ganesh painting or drawing competition. You can even involve your friends and neighborhood children to make it more fun! You can also invite family members to share their stories about Lord Ganesha. This will be a memorable moment for everyone to cherish!
Try some traditional Indian recipes:
Ganesh Chaturthi is an ideal time to try some traditional Indian recipes. You can prepare dishes like vada pav, modak, and Puranpoli that are Lord Ganesha’s favorite. Kids will love helping make these delicious dishes with you and it is sure to be a great learning experience for them too! Preparing delicious dishes during this festival is the best way to make it memorable for all.
Play-doh Ganesha making for kids:
For kids, Play-doh Ganesha making is the best way to spend time with family. It will help them learn more about the festival and its importance in our culture. All you need is some play-dough and a few accessories like food coloring, googly eyes, beads etc to make a beautiful Ganesha! You can help them with ideas and give them the freedom to be creative.
Storytelling Ganesha tales:
Storytelling is a great way to pass on knowledge and values. During the Ganesh Chaturthi, share Ganesha-related stories with your family members for generations to come. There are plenty of amazing tales about Lord Ganesha that you can narrate – like how he saved his parents from an evil demon. Storytelling is one of the best ways to make this festival memorable for all!
Celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi:
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations should be done in an eco-friendly manner. Use natural, biodegradable decorations and materials to create Ganesha idols or art decorations. Use eco-friendly pooja items like jute mats, mud lamps and khadi clothes to adorn your home and pay homage to the Lord. You can even replace plastic decorations with handmade paper decorations! Doing this will make your celebration more meaningful and memorable for all.
Host ‘Ganesha Aarti’:
Ganesha Aarti is a beautiful way to pay homage to Lord Ganesha. Ask your family and friends to join in the celebrations by singing and praying together. You can also include traditional instruments like the dhol, nagada and shehnai for a more festive atmosphere! Holding a Ganesha Arti will make your celebration special and memorable for all. In addition, it is also a great way to bond with your loved ones.
Dress-up as Ganpati for kids:
Turn the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration into something fun for the little ones. Ask them to dress-up as Ganesha and have them perform the Ganpati Arti. You can also create handmade decorations with their help and let them show their creativity. Doing this will make your celebration more special and memorable for all. Having a small competition amongst the kids to see who can dress up the best will also be a great way to get everyone involved!
Organize a treasure hunt for kids:
Another great way to make your Ganesh Chaturthi celebration memorable for all is by organizing a treasure hunt for kids. Hide small trinkets around the house and let the children explore the different rooms in search of clues. The one who finds all the treasures will be rewarded with sweets or toys! This fun activity will surely bring joy and laughter to your celebration and make it a memorable one for everyone.
To summarize, Ganesh Chaturthi is a joyous occasion to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha. You can make it a memorable one for all by doing activities like decorating your home with handmade paper decorations, conducting a Ganesha Arti, dressing up as Ganpati for kids and organizing a treasure hunt game.