Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna and this year falls on Wednesday 12th August 2020. Krishna is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is revered by Hindus across the world. Really speaking He is not born but it is when He took a human form.
To celebrate Janmashtami we would usually flock to temples or community centres for this Hindu festival. The events are full of colour, His favourite sweet treats and little babies are dressed up as Baby Krishna. This year the festivities are not quite the same but you can still celebrate! Here's how to still make the most of Janmashtami 2020 from home:
Learn a Krishna bhajan - do you know Choti Choti? I've created some actions to go with it so that children can also understand what the bhajan means. It's definitely a hit with the kids :)
3. Wear Lords Krishnas' colours - blue, peacock colours, yellow. I choose blue as it's also my favourite colour :)
4. Make fresh butter, kheer or any delicious treat and offer it to Him.
5. Draw an image of Lord Krishna and offer it at your alter. Here's how...
6. Bring out those Happy Birthday banners and balloons and decorate your house.
7. Light a divo/tealight in front of your Mandir/Lord Krishna and pray for him to help all those suffering, especially in the current times.
8. Who else remembers watching the Mahabharat every weekend as a child? Why not bring back those memories and share it with your little one. The old series is available on YouTube along with subtitles.
9. Read a story about Lord Krishna - there are so many to choose from!
10. Many often fast on this day as a way to remember Lord Krishnas. In my house we do a farari fast for Janmasthami which means you're allowed root vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, fruit (inc avocados) and dairy so you can still have your chai or coffee :) Also nuts and seeds are allowed too so really you can end up having a feast. The idea of fasting is to remember the Lord and a way to eat simpler foods to what we have everyday.
Wishing you all a very Happy Janmashtami. It may be different this year due to Covid but the love is still the same :)