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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 06 Oct 2010
Navaratri enthusiasts eagerly wait all through the year for the enormous celebrations. This festival is full of fun, vivid – colors, and energy with people dancing through the night in dazzling attire. Shopping, making delicacies, and beautifying not just ourselves but also our homes are few of the indulgences during this time.
Decorating your home is a way to express ecstasy and bliss and Navaratri is a great time to look for those colourful adornments which will not just embellish your home but also bring good luck and prosperity.
Bring in the splendour with:
Torans / Dwarbandh
These are ancient emblems of fortune. Hanging colourful torans at the door adds a touch of brightness at the entrance of the house. Must try – “ Add ‘Ganesha on pipal leaf’ to your regular mirror work toran to revive its beauty.
Be creative!! Use the intricate patterns and designs of Rangoli in an interesting way this time. Use those designs on walls instead of the floor. For traditional method, try coloured sand to get different texture, instead of rice or powdered chalk. Use flowers and diyas to add grandeur. If you are really short of time, readymade rangoli stickers are available that can just be stuck on the floor or wall.
Must try – “designs with Goddess Lakshmi’s footsteps starting from your entrance door to the pooja room”.
Fresh flower decorations are bound to bring in not just visual relief but fragrance as well. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, roses and jasmines are some of the more popular flowers that can be used not just to decorate the rangolis but you can also make fresh torans out of them.
Must try – “take a shallow brass decorative bowl, fill it up with water and arrange cut flowers on the surface”
Dandiya sticks are one of the popular symbols of Navaratri celebrations. They can be wrapped in zari / flowers / colourful satin ribbons. You can either create a pattern and use it at the doorways or even in your living rooms.
Must try – “ Glue small puppets to dandiya sticks and make ‘checks’ sample”
Golu (Artistic display of dolls)
Golu or Kollu a practice which is more popular in South India during the Navaratri celebration. The Golu is an arrangement of dolls on an odd number of steps. The steps number between three and nine, with the nine-step Golu being the maximum. Many competitions are organised during Navaratri to promote this artistic form and tradition.
Royal Sundaram wishes all its readers a very happy and fun filled Dusshera.
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