How to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi Away from Home?

How to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi Away from Home?

Ganesh Chaturthi is an important Hindu festival celebrated in different parts of the world. It is an 11-day long festival that falls between mid-August to mid-September (per the Hindu calendar) and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha or the “Elephant God.”
The festival is very traditional, involving prayers and offerings to the idol of Lord Ganesha. However, in the last 50 years, the festival has evolved into one celebrated together in a community. You would see several “pandals”(huge stage setups) with massive idols and lots of decorations on streets and apartment blocks.

If, by any chance, you are away from home this year, and want to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, then here we have piled up information for you on how to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi away from home. Have a look!

Ganesha Decorations:

No one can express the joy, positivity, happiness, and aura of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival that wanders around. Carrying this love for our favorite Ganpati Bappa in our hearts, every home is decorated with beautiful, unique, and aesthetic themes to welcome and please the Lord. Fascinating eco-friendly Ganesha Chaturthi decoration ideas with flowers, handmade craft items, and much more add a personal touch to the festival. Here are a few decoration ideas for you to make your home more welcoming.

1. Adjustable Pink Floral Garland/Mala:

This delicate and beautifully designed floral garland looks much prettier when put around the neck of lovely Ganpati Bappa. Along with other Vastra flower garlands, you can use this entirely adjustable Mala.

2. Colorful transparent drapes accompanied with lights:

To create a beautiful decorative background for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, you can pair the multi-colored transparent drapes with twinkling lights that make a mesmerizing appearance.

3. Set of 10 Colorful Backdrop Decoration:

Adding uniqueness to the festival, here is another item that adds to the list of Ganpati decorations. Every backdrop hung with a bell at the bottom creates beauty when installed just behind the Ganpati idol.

4. Paper Pinwheels:

Got attractive colorful paper at home? Then why not craft them to pretty pinwheels? Yes, this is one of the finest and most affordable decoration themes. You can do this with fluorescent sheets of paper. Combines with fresh flowers make the best pair.

5. Eco-friendly decoration with banana leaves and flowers:

Banana leaves are easy to get from the market as this is one of the fantastic trees whose products are readily available throughout the year. You can create floral decorations or mantraps with the barks with no hassles as they have high strength and are easy to mold.

6. Mayur 3 Layered T-light Stand:

T-light holders are the evergreen options that style up any festival. Showcasing exquisite and intricate designs, this T-light stand, when placed beside the idol, spreads the radiance with its soft glow lit with candles.

Prayers And Offerings

Prayers are offered every day for all 11 days, every morning and evening. Specific “Aartis”(religious songs) and prayers are dedicated to Lord Ganesha. There are even particular days for different “Aartis.” Books, audio, and videos are readily available if you do not know them. It is pretty common to have prayers being offered through pre-recorded audios.

Like in any other Hindu prayer, “Prasad” (a sweet food item) is offered to the idol and distributed among the family members. “Prasad” can be homemade or bought from stores. Modak is the most popular sweet offered during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ganesha Idol & Visarjan

You can buy an eco-friendly Ganesha idol with a seed at its base, or the soil formed through eco-friendly Visarjan can be put over a seed that turns into a tree. This way, Ganesh would always be with you in the form of a tree bestowing his blessings.

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Other ways to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

When celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi at home, one can be pretty flexible. Though traditionally it is celebrated for 11 days, you can choose to celebrate only for one day. In terms of prayers, one need not follow strict guidelines. You may or may not know the traditional rituals, and you can offer prayers by playing a CD! For immersion, if a natural water body is not available close by, you can also immerse the idol in a water tank. The idea is to create a sense of auspiciousness and good energy that religious functions tend to get in homes. The rituals are necessary but not rigid.

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