The festive season begins with Navratri Sthapna, and for the next month or so, it’s all about these five F’s of Navratri- food, festivity, faith, fasting, and a lot of fun! Navratri brings a new zeal, and there is a wave of new beginnings all over Jaipur.
The first and most crucial aspect of Navratri is Maa Durga’s love and blessings. During the Navratras, the elaborate ‘puja’ and ‘havan’ cannot be forgotten. Furthermore, because of Navratri, this is the time of year when we finally begin visiting temples regularly. Despite their hectic schedules, visiting Amer’s Shila Mata temple is one of the most essential #ThingsToDO that every Jaipurite tries to accomplish.
The first question we ask is, “Are you fasting?” That is the most significant aspect of Navratri. Some do it for faith, others for weight loss and still others for de-toxication, but some, like us, are always on the lookout for the best Falahaari delights. We all believe in fasting for various reasons and choose to instill some healthy eating habits during the nine days of Navratri.
Although Navratri is about fasting, food is the constant love. We always find substitutes for the foods we cannot eat during Navratras. From fruit chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri, we have various sweet and salty options available. And for those who are not fasting, the festive season brings a renewed interest in the same old spicy food.
There is a positive mood in the air with all of the festive discounts, shopping sprees, family functions, and wedding functions lining up. Light and decorations can be seen wherever you turn your head.
Last but not least, fashion always makes a name for itself when it comes to festivity. We’ve all dressed up in glittery Gujarati or Rajasthani lehengas and Angrakhas for the epic Garba and Dandiya night or even dressed up in traditional Indian attire at some point.