This weekend, we are going to be getting ready to celebrate an Indian festival called Navaratri ( I have blogged about it many times before). It is a grand time of the year. Maybe you are preparing for it too? It involves quite a lot of work: moving furniture to accommodate the step display, lugging boxes of dolls from the attic, performing first aid on dolls that may have a detached arm or a bumped nose and really rearranging your daily life for the next 10 days.. As with everything in life, there are two ways that people look at it: you can think of it as a hassle and as yet another "thing to do" in your super-busy life or you can think of it as a beautiful tradition that you are part of and want to honor. I urge you to think of it as the lovely, colorful tradition it is. My favorite part of Navaratri in our household is the fusion of old and new, of East and West. I want to share with you a few pictures as the dolls start to come out of their tissue paper wrapping.
(In case you are wondering, this is an old much-loved Russian nesting doll bought at an antique store. The others are wooden dolls from different parts of India.)
Wherever in the world you are, have a wonderful festive season.
(Images taken by me.)