Festival season is upon us! It begins with the onset of ‘Navratri’ which literally means ‘nine nights’ where nine forms of Hindu goddess ‘Shakti’ is worshipped all over the country. Dussehra, Karva Chauth and Diwali follow after ‘Navratri’ and the celebrations continue. BIB takes a closer look at the how these festivities are celebrated across India
Once a year, many married women in India celebrate ‘Karva Chauth’ where they abstain from eating or even drinking any liquids from sunrise till moonrise. This occasion is celebrated for husband’s good health and long life and is a beautiful way of showing your love and respect for your partner. The woman concludes her fast by viewing the moon through a sieve or it’s reflection in a vessel filled with water. Water is offered to the moon after which she views her husband in the same manner and drinks the first sip of water given by him.
Bollywood movies have helped keep this festive occasion alive through generations by showing trendy ways to celebrate the ‘Karva Chauth’. They have helped revive the romance between a couple in movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi, Kabhi Gham and Baghban.The splendor of colors seen on the silver screen inspires the younger generation to observe this age-old ritual.
On this day, woman observing ‘Karva Chauth’ wears the bridal colors and adorns herself with henna, bangles, sindhoor, a bindi and gold jewelry. Sarees, Salwar Kameez or Lehenga-Choli are the outfits of choice on this day. Colors like white & black are best avoided at all cost since they signify loss or sorrow.
BIB picks out few alluring looks suitable for the occasion which our reader can take inspiration from and flaunt the look.
Diwali or better known as ‘Deepavali’ is a ‘festival of lights’ which signifies the victory of good over evil. ‘Diwali’ is the biggest festival celebrated in India, similar to how ‘Christmas’ is celebrated in Europe & the U.S. or the ‘Chinese New Year’ across South- East Asia. On this day Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, returned to his kingdom from an exile of 14 years after defeating Ravana and were welcomed back in the kingdom by lighting lamps.
On the day of Diwali, people all across India light earthen lamps in their house, decorate the entrance of their residence with beautiful ‘Rangoli’- an artwork on the floor made out of colored powder , burst fire-crackers, share sweets with friends & relatives. It is a way of welcoming happiness into their homes.
Early morning ‘Aarti’ [prayer] is performed with all family members while ‘Laxmi Pooja’ [worship of Goddess Laxmi who signifies wealth & prosperity] is performed in the evening after which fire-crackers are lit and the celebration begins. People meet & greet dear ones, while exchanging gifts with each other after the Pooja.
Sarees & Salwar Kameez in fabrics like silk, velvet, chiffon, georgettes or brocade with heavy detail work look splendid on this festive day. Fashionable colors this season are pink, bright yellow, aquamarine blue and scarlet red as well as combining pastels with bright colors.
BIB selects few ‘Diwali’ looks suitable for the diwali occasion which you can wear and enjoy this festival season.