Navratri is a festival that is dedicated to the nine incarnations of Maa Durga. During the nine days long festival, devotees seek the divine blessings of Goddess Durga by performing prayers and offerings. The family members fast for 8 to 9 days and on the 8/9th day open their fast by offering Bhog to Maa Durga and inviting 8 girls and 1 boy with a variety of delicacies and gifts. I have been observing my mother doing this since childhood and it holds a special place in my heart. This Kanjak me and my mother thought of introducing a change of the traditional belief which is gifting a plate/food container and instead of gifting a plant or something useful and sustainable.
In my opinion, a plant symbolizes growth and prosperity & it teaches a child to be caring and kind. The Climate Clock is ticking and we must think and act mindfully. Avoid buying plastic boxes or plates which are being sold extensively in the market. Join hands to spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastic. Every step matters!
It is ‘Time to look at cultural beliefs differently!’
MYP 2, 12 years
Pathways World School, Aravali, India