Ganapati Bappa Moriya!! Lets celebrate an Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi this time.
Ganesh Chaturthi is considered as an important puja across India. Before i share my ideas for Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi let me mention that these ideas are listed using small kids in mind.
Lord Ganesha is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati’s son.He is supposed to be the God of power and wisdom.
As per the veda’s all festivals and auspicious work should start by chanting his name. This is the reason why the festival season starts with Ganesh Puja.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Some cities like Mumbai are known for its massive and enormous pandals and Ganesh idols. That is not all; this puja is also celebrated in various homes across India.
Now, during festivals and ceremonies we tend to get overboard and end up littering the space around them. As parents we need to be a bit more responsible and create the right example for our kids.
Our kids should also grow up with the want of taking care of the environment around them. This Ganesh Pujo we at home are planning to celebrate going the ecofriendly way. Yes Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi is possible.
Now, when I told the kids that we will welcome Lord Ganesha home this time but with a twist, they seemed super excited.
Here are my 6 Ideas To Celebrate An Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi:
1. Eco friendly Ganesh Idol:
The mantra this year is to go green. I realized that we splurge loads of money in buying Ganesh Idols. These idols are not only expensive but also harmful for the nature.
They are known to be painted with harmful chemicals. Most of the times, they are made of element like thermocol, clay and plastic that are not biodegradable.
This time let us all make a conscious decision and buy Ganesh Idols that are made with bio degradable materials. This year I plan to switch to mud idols that are completely biodegradable.
You can also, opt for idols with unbaked clay, coconut paint and natural colors.
Infact, I loved this idea, I read in the papers where bakers in Mumbai were making chocolate Ganesha idols. Once, the rituals are over , the idol is immersed in a drum of milk as Visarjan. The chocolate dissolves easily and it turns the milk to chocolate milk that is then distributed among under privileged kids as Prasad.
2. Opt for Small Sized Idols:
Most of us end up buying huge Ganesha Idols without realizing that these idols take more clay and in return damage the environment.
The bigger the size of the idol the more time it will take to dissolve or degrade. I have decided to opt for small sized idols that can be easily made with a small mound of clay and also easily biodegradable.
3. Natural Colors for Rangoli:
We all love to decorate the house to welcome Lord Ganesha. Rangoli is an integral part of the rituals and is loved by the kids also.
This time, we have pledged to make rangoli with natural colors like gulal, rice powder, turmeric and henna. Not only, are these good for the environment but are also safe for kids.
4. Eco Friendly Décor:
I love to do up my house with various knick knacks during the festivals. Most of the times, we end up buying these plastic decors from shops.
This time refuse to do so . Instead I have roped in the kids to make some awesome and colorful decoration for the house using their play dough.
This will not only keep them occupied and involved but will also mean reusable décor.
5. Say No to Sound Pollution:
Festivals are known for the fire crackers we burst. This time, we should try to opt for those fire crackers that are soundless and also emit the least amount of harmful gas in the environment.
So, this year when I will go shopping for fire crackers, I will buy for options that are eco-friendly in nature.
6. Say No To Plastic:
This year I also plan to ban use of plastic in my home. I rather use glass and earthen pots and plates for the rituals. These are also reusable and some options are also cheaper than the plastic one’s.
Remember our kids are going through an impressionable age in life. Whatever we teach them now they will imbibe the same easily.
So these were few ways I plan to teach my kids to have fun by celebrating Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi without damaging the environment in any manner.
What are your ways ?
We 5 women bloggers have come up again with our #festiveblogging series of blog posts. I’m sure you will love this series like our past series ✌? #ganpatiblogging. Read next entry by my wonderful blogger friend Anamika – Creative Home Decor Ideas For Ganesha Chaturthi