Do you remember the smell of smouldering dhuna and camphor mingled with the sweet fragrance of incense and flowers? Do you remember the crispiness of vibrant ghagras and the joy of waking up to thumping music and clinking dandiya sticks? Can you ever forget the aroma of sugar and bay leaves melting into boiling milk? It’s that time of the year again! This Navaratri ditch the grains and spices but not your kid’s foodgasm. Try these lip-smacking delicacies to keep their festive spirits high.Read More
Have you heard from people saying that Hyderabad is the best place to live in India? Being a Hyderabadi, and having lived in a big community, I heard this many times. And why not? Hyderabad is a hub of cosmopolitan culture in a true way. Melting Pot of Cultures We find people here who are settled in this city since ages. There are so many parts of the city which celebrate this festive season in…Read More
Durga Puja is finally here! Durga Puja is a celebration of the Mother Goddess and the victory of the warrior Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. The festival honors the powerful female force or Shakthi in the Universe. Durga Puja is celebrated like the Ganesha Chaturthi festival. Huge, elaborately crafted statues of Goddess Durga are installed in homes and beautifully decorated podiums all over the city. At the end of the festival, the statues are taken in a procession…Read More
Let’s make the festival more fun by involving the kids in all the festivities. How about making your very own effigy of Ravana at home using everyday household items. Here is a simple DIY Ravana craft which children can do by themselves or with the help of grownups.Go crafting and enjoy the festival!Read More
Amidst nine days of Durga pooja, fasting and harvest, Dandiya and Garba brings joy and gaiety to all .Especially, kids love the idea of vacation from school, dressing up in their traditional best, relishing their favourite sweets, taking pride in showing off the décor to the guests, and above all dancing to the tunes of Dandiya and Garba with family and friends. Believe me, Dusshera vacation is the best time to not go on short trip but to be in town to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.Read More
Make your own Golu Dolls for Dussehra (Dasara) ‘Gomme Habba’, ‘Bommala Koluvu‘ or ‘Golu’ is one of the important aspects of Navaratri in some Southern States. This is not only a time for worship and celebration but also to flaunt one’s creativity and imagination! Whether it is the assembling of the Golu steps, dressing up the Marapacchi dolls (Pattada Gombe) or preparing the snacks – Navaratri is the time when resourcefulness flourishes at home. It…Read More
Dusshera isn’t just a festival but a celebration of life. Come October and the country drapes itself in vibrant colours, some adorning an elaborate festive grandeur while others wrapped in quirky stories and intriguing ceremonies. A multitude of beliefs and a host of rituals, this festival is a true reflection of the cultural diversity of a country dipped in ancient traditions and mythology.
This Dussehra, plan an exciting journey to places that celebrate stories you didn’t know and magnificence you never witnessed.
You can also rekindle interest in this tradition if you don’t already display the Golu! Kids can help you build the platform to arrange the dolls and to bedeck the “Pattada Gombe” (Raja Rani dolls) and other dolls! You can even get your kids to make their own Golu Dolls! Here are the best places to view the Dasara Golu display this Navarathri.Read More
Nothing can beat that special thrill when children can make dandiya sticks at home and carry those to the community Raas Garba during Navaratri! But we all know how kids suddenly forget the dancing and start fighting – with the sticks!! Here are some ideas to make child-friendly Dandiya sticks! 4 DIY Ideas for a Child-Friendly Dandiya Stick Newspaper Dandiya stick Upcycle those newspapers into these lovely dandiya sticks! So easy! Bamboo Skewers Dandiya Stick What an ingenious…Read More