I am not particularly religious; however, this Navratri I am travelling through Himachal Pradesh and hence missing out on the festivities in Mumbai. The two things that appeal most to me are the brightly lit-up streets and the traditional music that you hear almost everywhere! I remember garba being such an important element while we were growing up, especially during my school days. The festival embodies worship and dance, two beautiful facets put together. Like all festivals in India, it has its own beauty and spirituality, and of course the food. I love gorging on the sweets.
—Vrit Shah, Worli
Worship & Dance
It is one of the best times of the year to get your ghagra-cholis out and don them at the dandiya functions in all your festive glory! I have been focussing on working out to show off a great figure and also indulge in my favourite sweetmeats. Since people dance for hours during Navratri, it is essential to focus on endurance training and strengthening your joints, so that you are fit enough to dance the night away. It is important to look and feel good, especially during the festive season. I also love the concept of dance and worship coming together, this is what makes this season particularly special to me.
—Poroma Pant, Marine Lines
We hardly wear traditional clothes in our daily lives, so might as well go that extra mile to look stunning during festivals! That is one of the biggest highlights for me during any Indian festival, not to mention the extravagant decorations, irresistible food, and the mouthwatering desserts that I can never say ‘no’ to. It is nine nights of eating rich food, looking like a diva, and dancing till my feet hurt!
—Aneesha Aujla, Colaba