The 9-days Navratri festivities which begins September 29, will last until October 7, 2019, and is considered one of the most celebrated Hindu festival around the world.
The celebrations include the pooja, music, dance, festivities, prasad, and fetes which envelope the people across different religion.
As the story goes, the festival is to celebrate the victory of good over evil – It is the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana and Goddess Durga Maa victory over the demon Mahishasur.
Navratri is popular for its traditional dance forms known as ‘Dandiya’ and ‘Garba’ which is played to foot-tapping beat across the country. The Dhol (Drum) beats with the dandiya (sticks) colliding to produce a uniform rhythm adds to the real essence of Navratri, with special folk singers brought in for the occasion.
The costumes are generally multi-colored embroidered choli, ghagra, bandhani dupattas with mirror work and heavy jewellery for the ladies. The men are equally dressy in special kedias and turbans. These days trending are a fusion of indo-western wear.
Celebrities hosting public Durga Pandals are also gaining popularity across the city which will witness some of the who’s who visiting these pandals for ‘darshan’ (offering) and even do ‘seva’ (serve) to appease the Goddess.
The festival is celebrated with much grandeur in different parts of the country, which lasts for ten days and nine nights. Each day is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga and is denoted by nine colours. During this festival, devotees observe fast and celebrate it with much grandeur. Special foods are prepared through the nine days, according to the colours to celebrate Navratri.
The food is generally devoid of Onion or Garlic. Popular food prepared in the households observing the special fast include the Kesar kheer, Sabudana khichadi, Makhane kheer, Motichoor ladoo, Dry fruits, dairy products, Aloo ki sabzi, fruits are popularly consumed during the fast.
Music is the key to the celebrations and the music industry is never too far behind to cater to its audience either with the devotional tracks or a fun-filled song for the dandiya beats to go on.
Last year’s LoveYatri features the track ‘Chogada’, which was a must play in the list at across the country for its dhol beats. Other hot favourites for Navratri in the Bollywood playlist include Nagada Sang Dhol, Radha Nachegi, Kamariya, and more….
The recently released devotional track ‘Chal Bhagta’ by Naman Entertainment also features Monna Kohli is slowly gaining popularity at the Mata ki chowki.
Gulshan and Varun Rajmalani, the father-son jodi have been hosting Mata Ki Chowki round the season. ” It was Mata Rani’s calling that I got into hosting Mata Ka Jagran and today over 30 years since I got started, me and my son Varun host the Mata Ki Chowki around the world.
‘ Shy Mora Saiyaan ’ by Meet Bros ft. Monali Thakur, Manjul Khattar, Tejaswini, and Piyush was released to catch the festivities.
The festival also brings out the best in fashion and styling and we had to get some tips from the expert on the style dressing for this season.
Here are a few must-haves for the Nav-ratri dancing by MYNTRA.COM, the most preferred shopping destination in India which offers the best and the latest in fashion and beauty.
Kurtis: to create your own personal style and make the outfit a tad bit edgy. Choose colors that pop like orange or yellow and go for unconventional silhouettes and indo-western fusion wear that are plain or with embellishments, top them with plain skirts or kurti’s or vice versa.
Lehengas/Lehenga Choli: which makes ethnic wear look easy, breezy and graceful. They also blend tradition and style. Deep colours like maroon and royal blue and extensive zari add to the overall richness with some modern cut which makes the outfit apt for a contemporary woman. Wear it with minimal jewellery to bring out the best in you!
Sarees: You can never go wrong with a saree at these festivities. So pick a contemporary brand which comes with contrast embroidered detail on the pallu. Wear it with gold-toned jewellery and some embellished heels for any gathering.
Jewellery: as required, accessories your outfit to stand out or blend in with the festivities. This season also allows you the advantage to go the whole way pick earrings, bangles, waistbands, stylish ankle bracelet to add a sassy touch to your Navratri lehenga. Oxidized silver, pearls, and bright hues add to the vibrancy of the festival dressing.
Makeup: Steal the show and get a radiant glow with simple make up products. Let your eyes do all the talking with the latest collection of eyeshadow pallets, eye-liner, eye-kajals, eyebrow enhancers and brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC, Maybeline, Lakme, etc. Experiment with lip colours
Accessories: No ensemble is complete without a perfect clutch or handbag. Go for colors like Rose Gold black shimmer, off-white or single solid colours for a blend of elegance and edge. Use it to carry your smartphone, credit cards, and lipstick.
Footwear: With countless options like kiten heels, block heels, chunky heels, wedges and flats to choose from; always pair your ethnic ensembles with something that is comfortable and complements your outfit. Gold and metallic shades like bronze, pewter adds oomph to your festive ensemble.
Fragrances: The festive season is always jam-packed with events. You can stay fresh and at the top of your game with blends of fresh and sophisticated warm notes Salvatore Ferragamo, Coco Chanel, Forrest Essentials or elegant and sensuous tones like Elizabeth Arden and Dolce & Gabbana.
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***Navratri is followed by the important festival of Dusshera***