Navratri is a vibrant nine day festival that’s enjoyed by all Indian communities around the world. Here are some social, cultural, safety aspects that can help parents make it a fun & safe celebration for kids and themselves.
The Drama: Navratri is a popular Indian Festival celebrated for nine days with traditional dances and folk music. With origins in Gujarat & Rajasthan’s folk culture, Navratri is celebrated around the world – it’s fun and drama attract people to just let go and enjoy the bonhomie. Distinctive to it are the colourful, shiny clothes with traditional mirror handwork, bangles upto the shoulders and lots of jingling & blingy trinkets worn from head to toe. All nine days involve prayers and offerings to the Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon and family visits to shrines.
Social & Cultural impact on Kids: Kids especially are very enthusiastic to participate in the festivities. Their favourite part is the ‘dressing up’ – colourful swirling skirts, flared dhotis, blouses, ethnic jackets, stoles and jewellery for both boys and girls. To ensure your child enjoys every aspect of the dancing, parents can ensure they are appropriately dressed. Pinning the stole to the top so it doesn’t fall off or slip, using minimal make-up, wearing ornaments made from natural metals or just light thread-work, and wearing flat ballet shoes with colourful motifs is a beautiful & comfy way to go for little ones.
Safety Measures: Apart from the dressing, parents need to follow certain safety measures while having fun. Since Navratri garba & dandiya is often celebrated in open grounds & large auditoriums, it tends to get noisy and crowded, so stay close to your kid or enjoy your dancing alongside. Make them wear a name badge just to be sure or something distinctive like a colourful cap or scarf so you can spot them even from a distance. Ask the host or emcee to make an announcement and click your child’s pic in their costume so it’s easy to find them if they do get lost in the crowd. Its recommended to go in a group as there’s safety and more merriment in numbers and more people to supervise the kids through the night. Use organic/herbal colours for rangolis and decorations around the house and involve your kid as its very creatively fulfilling. Stay hydrated if participating every day and get ample rest as it’s not a bank holiday and schools and universities remain open. It’s a great time for family bonding and community spirit and teens tend to go astray so ensure they carry a cell phone and stay in touch constantly.
Additional Activities: Navratri is a celebration of colours and joy of life. Simba’s Art & Craft products can be used to add more drama to homes, events and dressing kids. Kids can design their own jewellery using Simba’s 10,000 Colors Beads Set & Simba Art & Fun Deluxe Beads Set. These DIY kits feature glittery & delicate beads, crystals, pearls in various heart, floral and whimsical shapes along with threads that can be used to string together bracelets, necklaces and anklets for dressing. Another fun product is Simba Art & Fun Mini Magic Designer which offers stencils with unique shapes that can be used to create rangolis at the home’s entrance. Presently, a lot of people are involved in eco-friendly activities during festivals and planting & gifting tree saplings is a popular choice for many families.
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