Celebrate An Eco Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi With Kids

Ganapati Bappa Moriya!! Lets celebrate an Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi this time.

 

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

 

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.

 

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

 

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:

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

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:

 

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by using small idols

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by using small 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:

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by using natural colors for rangoli

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by using 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:

 

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by decorating your home eco way

Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi by decorating your home eco way

 

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.

Read: EASY HOME ORGANIZING IDEAS FOR BUSY MOMS

 

5. Say No to Sound Pollution:

Say No to Pollution and Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Say No to Pollution and Celebrate Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

 

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

 

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43 thoughts on “Celebrate An Eco Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi With Kids

  1. Jiya B

    These are the awsome ways to celebrate Ecofreindly Ganpati . Loved reading the post. I would like to suggest save energy use lights of decoration only at the time of arti and then switch off extra ligtings in pandal. Thanks for sharing these awsome ideas.

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  2. Dr Bushra

    I like your idea of buying small size idol. As most of us follow the race without thinking about environment .love your Organic rangoli looks beautiful These tips will definitely contribute towards safe environment

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  3. Monika

    That’s wonderful , ecofriendly ganesh chaturthi , although I have never celebrated this festival but I love when people bring ganesha to their home and bid farewell after a week , it energies u spiritually

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  4. henajose

    SO good thought just before the festival. Wish everyone understood the significance of this post. We have very less natural resources left. The way we are misusing it, we will soon run out of them.

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  5. Sangeeta

    In today’s age it is getting more and more important to use eco-friendly products. And it is good inculcating this concept in kids right from a young age.

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  6. Nisha Malik

    Every festival actually leaves behind some not so environment friendly traces. We must take care of these things all year round. Great tips Minakshi.

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  7. Safi@thebeautyinsideout

    Wonderful tips Minakshi. It’s our duty to protect our environment and these are some great ways for that.

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  8. anamika

    Yes it’s a good idea instead of big idols we can buy small sized idols. These tips are very good and show us to celebrate ecofriendly ganesh chaturthi. definitely keep this in mind.

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  9. Snigdha

    I like the ideas of celebrating eco-friendly Ganesha… This year I am going to welcome ganpati bappa first time to my home and will keep all these tips in mind…

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  10. Neha Verma

    It’s great to see the concept of eco-friendly Ganesha gaining popularity this year. It is much needed for our environment. We are bringing one in our apartment too 🙂

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  11. kage2015

    This is the first I have ever heard or read about any of this. Love learning about things from different cultures. Going eco friendly is always great and I loved seeing all the photos.

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  12. maplebee92

    This is the first I’ve heard of the festival, and I’m loving your ideas to celebrate in an eco friendly way! All are such easy things to do as well.

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

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  13. Jhilmil

    I love using ecofriendly decor and idols too.. after understanding of the visarjan and the harm chemical idols do to the water and aquatic animals.

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  14. sj

    I like your idea of buying small size idol. As most of us follow the race without thinking about environment . Nice post, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Monique

    I’ve never heard of this before, but being eco friendly is always a good thing so I’m glad you’re sharing your tips!!

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  16. nbosken

    I love how you’re thinking of the environment here. Way to be conscious while celebrating an important holiday. Plastic in general is quite awful and sometimes I try to avoid.

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  17. Céline CLudik

    Loved reading this post ! Those are awesome tips to make your celebration with eco-friendly products ! It’s our duty to protect our environment. I love your idea of buying small size idol instead of big idols 😉

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  18. Shubhreet Kaur

    I am so happy to read this post. Celebrating festivals should come with social responsibility and I would always wonder at the mess created after a festival is over. And I have done crackers at Diwali too so I am a guilty party as well. But after Karma was born, we realised we need to teach her better and do better ourselves. So we now do cracker less Diwali. We don’t celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi but I’m sending this all my friends who do so that all of us can adopt an environment friendly way of celebrating the amazing festivals of India.

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  19. Shipra Trivedi

    Although coming from UP, Ganesh Utsav is not a big festival in my family. Still these 10 days I cherish them just like Navratras. Yes, with celebration comes the onus of doing it in sensible ways without affecting nature. So going eco-friendly is the best option. Chocolate Ganesha is such a great idea.

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  20. Amila

    awesome ideas! Eco friendly designs/decorations are always beautiful.I really like these flower decorations with marigold flowers.Colourful and cheerful and after all it is environment friendly!

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  21. Shreya Sharma

    Hey Minakshi, Great post dear. Festivals by default brings new energy within us and every year I look for some new ideas to convert my energy into some beautiful craft. Eco friendly Ganesha is what I am thinking of trying this year. Thanks for bringing out the concept Minakshi.

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