Ganesh is Lord of wisdom, prosperity and every new work is started by worshiping him.Ganesh Chaturthi is time to welcome lord Ganesh at house. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is observed for 10 days across most parts of India. For these days lord Ganesh worshiped with offering ,flowers and arti. On the last day idol of Ganesh immersed in water(River ,ocean, lake) and people bid adieu to beloved god with heavy heart and message to come next year soon. Some preparations are necessary to celebrate Ganesh chathuthy. And if you start it prior to festival ,it will be easy to celebrate festival.
Any celebration with your family and friends make it more special .Involve your children in all festival preparation and they will enjoy learning more about the culture. Children are great learners and involving them in celebrating festivals will help them to be spiritual and happy. Assign creative tasks to them like decorating house , idol making.
Here is the guide to involve your children for welcoming lord Ganesha.
#1 . Cleaning
Get your brooms, brushes and scrubs ready , to clean out the dust, waste and dirt from house. Cleaning is must done ritual before any festival auspicious occasion .Start with cleaning the house, passages, garden if any, balconies and then the Pooja room or place where Lord .It’s pleasant gesture to welcome the god in house .After cleaning the house/ place we live, it’s time to clean our mind from worries, tensions, pain and discomfort.
Now the markets are full of ready-made decoration accessories, lighting, boards, banners and what’s not. But instead of buying ready made things try your creative hands on making it on your own. It will actually help your children to boost their creativity, imagination and most important they will be engaged for some time. It’s an easy activity for them ,so bring required decoration accessories like ribbons ,glue, glitters ,colours ,sheets satin ribbon and start making own creation along with your children. Decide the theme of decoration first and accordingly plan it. Loads of DIY videos are available on YouTube .Take help of them and make your own things. After decorating Pooja place assign tasks to children like making garlands from flowers, Drawing Rangoli .
#3. Make eco-friendly idols
As we all are aware of environment problems arising because of pollution and Ganesh many environmental problems. Thus why not try making your own Ganesh idol at home. Just take mud and try your hands on making an idol. Colour it with favourite colours and glitters and worship it in festival. Children will enjoy making idols and colouring them.
And immerse this idol in water on last day at home only. Use this water for watering plants in your garden/ balcony. We can definitely help saving environment by this way. Many people are following this approach and it really positive note.
#4. Offerings /Desserts
Festivals are incomplete without desserts, sweets. Lord Ganesh loves sweets and thus many types of sweets are made during festival as an offering. Make traditional sweets like , Modaks (Sweet dumplings made by stuffing coconut Gujiyas (Sweet fried dumplings made by stuffing sweet mi at home. Different types of moulds are available in the market for making modaks ,gujiyas and it becomes very easy to make these sweets using these moulds. Involve your kids while making these sweets for festivals. Children will learn cooking in the best way. Children can easily use them to learn making Modal, gujiya. Here are few sweets recipes which you can make at home for upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi.
#5 . Worshiping lord
Worshiping is the main part of this festival. All the above preparations are being done for main Pooja. Ganesh worshiped using durva , flowers ,Prasad (offerings),fruits ,gulal and at the end arti is performed. Every step in vidhi has its own meaning and it’s been said this Pooja brings harmony and peace in house. Many different types of desserts , sweets are offered across different parts of country. Children have helped to make sweets for lord Ganesh already. If possible ask them to distribute these sweets at nearby orphanage underprivileged kids.This way they will learn importance of sharing as well.