The last week has been so crazy, in a wonderfully beautiful way, as we celebrate one of the nicest festivals in India – Navratri.
Navratri means ‘nine nights’. While there is a lot of spiritual meaning to this festival, these nine days in most Indian homes spell joy, fun, food, music and dance, and of course a lot of camaraderie and bonding, not to forget all the vibrant and colourful sarees.
So, that was why I was MIA from blogosphere this week. The festival is nearly done, and I am back.
People from our community celebrate Navratri in a unique way! We put up a display of dolls (yes, dolls). Dolls that have been passed down from our ancestors, dolls that we have collected over the years, dolls of every possible type.
These dolls are arranged on steps (these stands can be assembled). The stand is then covered with a cloth and serial lights put on them. On the eve of Navratri, the dolls are brought down from storage and put on display.
I have a few hundred dolls, mostly terracota dolls. Once we set up the dolls, we invite friends home to see the display and have food. I had a lot of friends visiting this week, and had lots of fun.
One of the most important dolls in the Golu (doll display) is the ‘Marapaachi’ doll. These dolls are made of wood, and passed down from generation to generation. These dolls usually come in couples, man and woman, boy and girl.
We dress them up in different costumes, every year. Each year we add new doll sets to our collection. Over my next few posts, I will share pictures of a few special doll sets that I have at home and the story behind them.
This is a picture of my Golu. With new dolls, my Golu is expanding horizontally as well. Below the picture of my Golu is the picture of the ‘Marapaachi’ dolls, that have been handed down in the family.
Each doll is special, each doll has a story and so many associated memories. I love my dolls, each and every one of them.
Main Golu, Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4
The Main Golu
Section 2 of my Golu
Section 5 of my Golu
The Marapaachis – handed down from generation to generation.
Hope you enjoyed these pictures. Over the next few posts, I will talk about my favourite dolls and their stories.
I look forward to catching up on all your blogs too!