We Indians love our festivals and this is that time of the year when every part of the country is in the mood for celebration.
Durga Puja, Navratri, Durga Puja, Diwali, Bhai Dooj, the coming months are full of fun, especially for kids.
There’s an air of excitement in the air and children love the idea of lights, crackers, gifts, music and delectable food.
When it comes to festivities, we love dressing up our little angels in traditional attire. These days there is so much variety in children’s apparel, you will be spoilt for choice. Don’t think girls have it better than boys you will be surprised at the fashionable clothes available for the little charmers.
Here’s what you can get for different festivals.
Ram Navami Puja
To celebrate the last day of Navratri and to give thanks to Goddess Durga, a puja is organized, usually at home with family, friends and kanjaks. You can dress your kids in traditional salwar kameez for girls, or kurta with jeans for boys.
Since it is more at a personal level, you don’t have to go overboard with the clothing. Make sure you get breathable cotton fabric for your children.
This is a typical Bengali festival that celebrates the glory of Goddess Durga. It’s carried out in full glory with many pandals carrying figurines of the Goddess. The air is filled with music and the smell of traditional delicacies.
Bengali women can mostly be seen in white sarees with red borders, so the same can be extended to your little princess. Don’t forget to complete the look with vermillon tikas (small dot) and alta (a red liquid) on the feet. Little boys look very cute in white kurtas and dhotis, but you can also go for colored options.
Perhaps the most awaited festival of India, excitement for Diwali starts way before the actual day. Who wouldn’t love decorating their homes with diyas and candles, and scream in delight as firecrackers burst away?
However, this is also the time when a lot of fire accidents happen. So while dressing up your children this Diwali, make sure you get clothes that don’t attract fire. While lehenga cholis are a great option for girls, you can do without the dupattas, as it is prone to catching fire. The material should not be synthetic either. For boys, a smart traditional jacket over a kurta, or an angrakha outfit will look absolutely perfect.
This is a festival where the special bond between brothers and sisters is celebrated. The dress code depends on whether you choose to do an informal get together or a formal occasion. Lehenga cholis usually work well for little girls.
A long skirt with a top also looks good and is comfortable to wear. Boys can be dressed in lakhnawi kurtas, paired with churidar pyjamas, or pathani salwars. Dhoti pants with a tee can also be worn for a slightly informal look as do jodhpurs.
If you’re wondering where to find all these wonderful clothes, you should scout for stores selling ethnic clothing, such as FabIndia or Khadi Gramodyog outlets. Some state emporiums also offer traditional region-specific attires for kids. So if you’re looking for typical Gujrati, Rajasthani or Punjabi clothing you can find them here.
If you don’t have the patience to go out and shop, you can try your luck online. Just make sure of the size and material before you buy. So go ahead and shop to your heart’s content for your little cherubs.