Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with great zeal and pomp on the eighth day of the month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar. Janmashtami is a grand festival where Lord Krishna is worshipped in his infant form. Devotees fast until midnight, which is the traditional hour of his birth. The idol of Krishna is bathed in milk and water, dressed in new clothes and worshipped. Temples are decorated with flowers, and Prasad is distributed among devotees.
In the wake of coronavirus, people are celebrating festivals at homes to curb the widespread disease. You can celebrate the upcoming festival of Janmashtami with your loved ones at home and make the most of it. We are sharing Janmashtami celebration ideas at home to help make the day special for you & your family members.
Make your little ones dressed up as little Krishna & Radha. Narrate the story of Lord Krishna’s birth and their notorious activities. Kids would thoroughly enjoy playing dress-up & listening to entertaining stories.
Create & Celebrate
Have fun making Krishna’s peacock crown and paper jewellery at home. Decorate a dahi handi with painted paper feathers. Draw a rangoli at the entrance and make Krishna footsteps leading to your house. It is said to bring happiness and prosperity. Don’t forget to make & decorate flutes at home, which is an important part of Lord Krishna’s costume.
Make a Krishna Jhula at home
Krishna Jhula is attached to four strings that depict truth, faith, purity, and prayers. The swing by which the jhula moves is considered the selfless love for Lord Krishna that devotees possess. You can create a mini Krishna jhula at home on which you can place the statue of Lord Krishna and offer them prayers and sweets.
Create a village scene
On Janmashtami, religious processions take place across the nation. These processions are based on different themes related to the past life of Lord Krishna that display incidents of his childhood. You may not step out for the Janmashtami celebration this year, but you can set up a scene from Krishna’s birth time with the help of your child at home. Use clay, coloured sand & toy figures to set up a jhanki at home.
Host a Dahi Handi Celebration Indoors
Since you can’t step out, why not have a dahi handi celebration at home. Get the kids blindfold and have them break the small dahi handi. You can fill the handi with chocolates and candies to surprise kids.
Read more about Lord Krishna
There are several books presented as a collection of short stories and illustrations about the life of Lord Krishna. Read these stories to your kids. Tell them the importance of Janmashtami celebration and special activities associated with the festival.
Celebrate with Food
Last but not least, you can make Janmashtami Prasad at home that priests distribute in temples. Dhaniya Panjiri, Makhan Mishri, Makhan Paag, Charanamrit, and Kheer are some of the delicious prasad that you can make at home and relish with your family members on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.
Bring magic home this Janmashtami with these fun & interesting celebration ideas.