Its festival season and the air will soon get filled with echos of ‘GANAPATI BAPPA…MORYA!!! What better way to usher in this pot-bellied Lord than to fill it with fun and creativity.
In this age of cartoons and video games, its difficult to ensure kids understand the relevance of our festivals. We organized a Ganapati Carnival that introduced children to the feats and stories of Ganesha and the relevance of the festival. Along with this, the kids made festive delicacy with a chocolaty twist – yummy chocolate modaks and beautiful festive souvenirs to brighten their festival.
Our day started with a bubbling bunch of kids listening to cute stories of Lord Ganesha and the race with brother, Karthikeya, around the world for a mango. The kids loved hearing the antics of Ganesha and his smartness in taking 3 rounds of his parents and declaring them their world! Some of them shared anecdotes about their races. Some even got charged up and ready to race then and there…ah! The energy of the young ones!
Having learnt how naughty and smart our little Ganesha was, they proceeded to make tasty treats for him – Chocolate and besan modaks. It was difficult for the young cooks to decide whether to mould the modaks first or to eat the yummy batter. With great show of will power they completed their moulds and once the moulds were sent off for setting they licked the batter off their fingers to their hearts content…lick lick! For Recipe please click here
After this they all set out to create their festive souvenirs, making baskets to carry their yummy modaks in. The young artists were soon engrossed in choosing bright coloured stones for their baskets and listened as they shared their ideas on how to make their basket pretty. We watched in wonder as each and every child created unique and beautiful patterns using the colourful stones, sparkles and lace trimmings.
While one young boy covered his basket handle with colorful stones, another wanted to make flower patterns with stones.
It was heart-warming to see their enthusiasm! If you have kids around you who could use some cheer…please gather them up this festive season and have your own Ganpati Carnival! It will be a day well spent.