It won’t be long before everyone starts to make preparations for Navratri. Literally translating as ‘nine-nights’, Navratri is a Hindu festival that is celebrated across India to venerate the Goddess Durga. It’s a great time to teach your kids about Indian culture and traditions. Here is some information from Surf excel about the story of Navratri. We also describe some activities you can do as a family, as well as a few Navratri quotes and messages for your loved ones!

The Story of Navratri

This festival is inspired by the legend of Lord Rama – the incarnation of Lord Vishnu – who battled with the demon king Ravana to rescue his wife Sita from Lanka, the demon kingdom. When Lord Rama is unable to defeat the demon he seeks help from Shakti – the Goddess Durga. He prays for nine nights and is finally blessed by Shakti on the tenth day – Dussehra – the eve of the battle in which he finally defeats Ravana. Another legend also linked to Navratri describes the summoning of the Goddess Durga through the joint powers of Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva to defeat the demon Mahishasura. She fights the demon for nine days and nine nights, slaying him on the tenth day, also known as Vijaydashmi – the day of victory over evil. You can read about our suggestions for Dussehra wishes and activities here!

Happy Navratri Activities

Since Navratri is a festival for all of the family, why not try out some of these ideas for getting your kids involved: Ghatsthapna Pots Consider celebrating the first day of Navratri with the tradition of planting seven different grains. Your children could paint the clay pot for the puja with religious or abstract images. This might inspire them to learn more about Navratri traditions. Toddler’s Dandiya It is difficult to find space for children in the midst of a busy Dandiya. Why not organize a get-together with a few neighbours and family friends? Get the children to dress up traditionally, and provide them with child-size dandiya sticks. If each mother cooks one snack, you will share the work load and are guaranteed a stress-free evening ahead. Navratri Greeting Cards Everyone loves to receive Navratri messages. So, why not have your children draw and colour greeting cards containing Navratri wishes? These homemade cards are great ways to wish your loved ones a Happy Navratri. You can find examples of card making for kids on this page, and more instructions for simple card-making activities for kids here.

Navratri Messages and Quotes

Here are a few Navratri quotes that you can include in a greeting card, or that you could send by sms or email: 9 days of prayers, 9 nights of joy, Navratri is here, my friend. May Goddess Durga bless you for your prayers! Memories of performing our prayers together, Memories of Navratri celebrations gone by, Moments that will stay with me forever. Here’s hoping this Navratri will bring you Good Fortune! Chant ‘Jai Durga Maa’ in the mornings, Celebrate her blessings in the evenings. Say after me: ‘Jai Mata Di’ Happy Navratri to you.   May this Navratri be as fruitful as ever, May this Navratri remove all evil from your lives, May this Navratri bring joy, prosperity and God’s blessings To you and your loved ones. Happy Navratri. Are you going to celebrate Navratri with your family? Let us know about any special family traditions or activities that you have.