The spectacular 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival is just around the corner. It is a festival that honours the birth of the much-loved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. This festival is one of the most significant festivals of Maharashtra, and we all have an emotional connection with our Bappa.
As I am writing this article on the, Covid-19 is on its peak in India, and Maharashtra has topped the chart with the maximum numbers of cases. So, does that mean that this year we won’t be able to welcome our Bappa? Well, I don’t know.
One thing, I know for sure is that Covid-19 will still exist among us, but it doesn’t mean that we stop celebrating. We have already lost a lot in the past few months, and many of us would want to bring home Bappa just as a good luck charm and positive energy.
So, if you have decided to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in this era of Corona, here are few tips that you must follow to assure the safety of your loved ones.
#1 Ganpati Bappa Idols: Bappa, idols are of utmost importance, and without them, the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is impossible. But don’t worry if you haven’t been able to order your idol until now or you couldn’t get one. There are many DIY projects available on youtube, and with the help of those, you can make your idol at home. Even if you are buying, ensure to get eco-friendly small-sized idol only.
#2 Sweets: sweets and prasadam is another essential thing in all the Indian festivals. Most of us order Modak and Ladus from sweet shops during this times. How about making them yourself this year.
#3 Music and Bands: Ideally, this year, to maintain social distancing, use your sound systems. But the band groups wait the whole year for this festival, and it is time for them to make some money. If that is worrying, you call for a smaller number of groups for a few hours on the final and first day.
#4 Ganpati Visarjan: One thing you must ensure is that don’t go for visarjan in public places. Buy a new bucket and submerge your idol in it, and once your idol is dissolved, you can empty your bucket in some garden pot. You can also bring home the eco-friendly Ganpati that turns into the tree.
#5 Inviting Guests: Well, if you are in the green zone and so are your guests, invite them like always. But if not celebrate the festival with your society and neighbors. You can do video conferencing to ensure that you don’t miss your relative and friends.
As we say, “god is everywhere, so pray anywhere,” thus, don’t worry if you have to compromise on a few things this year. Accepting the change is the beauty of Hinduism. In the end, I would say the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration could be a low-key affair this year, but don’t let the spirits of the festivity die. Please ensure to follow and adhere with all the rules, regulations and guidelines provided by the Government of India and Maharashtra.
Celebrate, but with care! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!