With the commencement of a new year, one thing that is on everyone’s mind is the ‘Shopping Bonanza’. While some begin their search for the upcoming parties and birthdays, others indulge in festive shopping. Shopping for festivals is definitely not an easy task for many of us, especially casual goers like me!! To ease down your shopping spree, here’s a complete guide on what to shop for the year long festivals.
Here comes the sneak peak on what to wear for the pious occasions and festivals..
The first festival of the year, ‘Lohri’ marks the revival of the balle balle vibes. The festival that holds huge reverence throughout North India is celebrated with high spirits and vivacity. While during day time the sky is seen illuminated with countless colorful kites and bouncing echoes of kati re, the night seems complete with men and women matching their steps to the punjabi bolis. Since this festival has Punjabi roots, it is more obvious that women dress up in bright colored patiala suits or salwar suits with men in bright colored kurtas.
Pongal is the Indian version of Thanksgiving festival. Well that was the best way I can describe it! This festival marks the end of harvest season and is celebrated in southern parts of India and Sri Lanka. While women prefer to wear lehenga style sarees for the religious ceremonies, men are seen donning pristine white and cream kurtas with dhotis and pyjamas.
One word that describes this festival the best is ‘Colors’. Holi is all about victory of the divine over the evil. Splash of colors, charming laughter and other jovial moments are all that make Holi even more special. Since all the colors are best showcased on white, people are seen donning white apparels on this day.
Baisakhi is a festival that has different meaning for people from different religions like Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. But it is most fondly celebrated by Punjabis. Youthful spirits are enlivened when Punjabi boys and girls are seen dancing on dhinchak beats, flaunting their proficiency in Bhangra and giddha.
While parents teach us etiquettes and respect for authority, our siblings support us throughout the journey from our teenage to adulthood. To pay tribute to this priceless relation, we celebrate Raksha Bandhan. The frail thread of rakhi is supposed to bind a relation that is selfless and immortal.
“Eid mubarak ho!! Eid mubarak ho!!” is not a mere phrase that devotees use to wish each other. It is a string of words that reflect joyous feelings and boundless love for Allah. Dressed in green and golden colored ethnic apparels, men and women make their way to masjids to pay their regards to holy God. Later on, they exchange gifts called Eidi amongst their loved ones.
Onam is a festival that embarks the homecoming of Emperor Mahabali. The ten day-long celebration is marked by several festivities like snake boat race, bouquet lunch and creating captivating carpets using flowers. While men prefer to stick to their basic ethnic avatar in kurta pyjamas, women look immaculate in their white and cream colored sarees with rich golden border.
We all are well smitten by the craze of visiting Dussehra melas. Isn’t it? Be it children, adults or the grown-ups, all of us love to visit the mela where we celebrate the victory of Lord Ram over the evil minded dashanan Ravaan. People are dressed up mostly in ethnic apparels like salwar kameez, kurta pyjamas and kurtis.
A triumphant day that embarks the homecoming of Shri Ram after an exile of 14 years is one of the biggest festivals in Indian history. Men & women dress their best in ethnic apparels like anarkali suits, sarees and sherwanis. Each & every family prays to Goddess Lakshmi for immense fortune and prosperity. The best part about Diwali is when behind the smoke of crackers, joyous faces of people seeking harmony and peace are revealed.
Jingle Bells!! Jingle Bells!! Isn’t it one carol that almost every child has grown up listening? Markets seem full of glittering Christmas trees and lights with several fat bulging men dressed in red (impersonating the cute old Santa Claus) luring young children through sweets and gifts. Commemorating the birth of Jesus, Christmas is all about gifts and happiness that linger equally in the hearts of people from all ages.
Every festival has its own flavor and a distinctive cultural aroma. It is an occasion for everyone to don the best of traditional clothes and look their ethnic best. So why don’t you also join in the shopping revelry and stack your wardrobe with beautiful outfits for every festive occasion with our shopping calendar at your behest!