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Diwali: Then Vs Now

Nostalgia is a beautifully relaxing feeling. Every time we think of the good old days, they leave our faces with a chipper yearning grin. Now is the time for Diwali, we want to take you back into the good old days – we want to make you smile, enjoy and laugh. We want to remind you of how celebrating Diwali with family was as compared to what it is now. So, let’s reminisce the memorable moments and see how amusingly life has changed, and how adulting has changed us:

Freedom to eat- 

Then: Literally gorging on every other mithai.

Now: No more sweets please for me! I am on the Keto Diet.

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Celebrating with family

Then: Looking like a family straight outta Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Now: Trying to juggle between marriage/work/college life and family life.

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Enjoying Holidays

Then: At least 10 days holiday from school.

Now: Getting barely 3 days holiday at work.

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Bursting crackers

Then: Bursting crackers till 2:00 am.

Now: Realising we were unaware of the environmental damage it did and shifting to No crackers wali Diwali.

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Receiving gifts 

Then: Receiving lots of chocolates and sweets from all the uncles, aunties and padosies.

Now: Worrying about giving gifts to everyone!

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100 metres away from Rangoli rule

Then: “Do not play near the rangoli!”

Now: “Rangoli banane mein madat karna zara”

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No-makeup rule

Then: Dreaming of wearing mom’s makeup.

Now: Wearing your own collection!

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No tension of cooking snacks and decorations

Then: Playing in the streets.

Now: “Beta baazar jaakar 2 kilo gende ke phool le aa!” or Let’s do some decorations

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Buying earthen diyas

Then: Buying earthen diyas and decorating them at home.

Now:  Buying readymade fancy diyas. Who has got that much time?

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Visiting family and friends

Then: Being dragged to others’ homes by mom and dad for Diwali Milan

Now: Sending WhatsApp wishes.

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Times may have changed but we still cheer up when it’s Diwali time while fondly cherishing some old memories.

Tag your family and remind them of your beautiful festive journey! 😀

 

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A fanfare of celebrations: Teej in Jaipur

A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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You’ll not find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is already brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

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This year the Sawan Teej festival will be celebrated on 3rd and 4th August 2019. Teej
Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcome the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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Apart from the traditional procession of Goddess Teej in the city, to showcase the galore and culture of Rajasthan ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ becomes the hub for cultural events, where the Teej idols will be submerged later.

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Teej is marked with great pomp and fair in Jaipur. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their covertures.

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If you are a connoisseur and wish to blend in the festivities and experience it from close then waste no moment. Buy a special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, which is only available at this time of the year. The wall city market area of Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar offers many shops.

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The significance of lacquer (lac) bangles is also very special, and Jaipur is famous for its alluring lacquer bangles. Don’t miss to check out the multihued adornments that render more beauty the festive attire.

Get your hands decorated with the henna patterns, which you can get done at different corners of the city. The front façade of Saraogi Mansion near Bapu Bazaar, the lanes of Johri Bazaar and major shopping malls like Pink Square, GT and Crystal Court would have numerous henna artists, who decorate beautiful hands with fascinating designs.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and
blossoming flowers and women folks decked up with henna on hands in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of the jovial season.

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The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special sitting area for foreign tourists coming to witness this magnificent festival by providing comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.
This monsoon, travel to Jaipur to not just feel the lively spirit of Jaipurites around the festival, but also witness and partake in the jovial culture of the colourful Pink City of Rajasthan.

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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

Monsoon

The auspicious month of Sawan has begun and is ready to shed its vibrant and vivid colours to nature. It is that time of the month where you explore the magnificent impact and captures the serenity as monsoon never comes alone with the rain but with the irresistible cravings for delicacies and also sways us to go for thrilling rides and indulge in the aesthetic pleasures. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor.

Here’s a sneak-peak of Monsoon oriented activities which will make you fall in love with the walled city.

Styling up the wardrobe with colourful Lehriya

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Jaipurite celebrates every occasion with a new lease of life. To mark the beginning of Monsoon season and Sawan) month, everyone drapes themselves with the vibrant colourful and traditional Lehriya.  Jaipur Bazaars are flooded with a distinctive and vivid pattern of lehriya to give your wardrobe a unique cultural touch.

So what keeps you at bay? Go and get yourself draped in the colours of Rajasthan.

Guilt-Free Eating

 

Monsoon season paves the way to binge over the local delicacies like pakodas, samosa, kachori and Mirchi vada. These roadside snacks will make your cravings irresistible and will tempt you to have more and more of it. To enjoy the drizzling you could also visit the most exciting place-Masala chowk and celebrate the tastes of Jaipur. This place will entice you to leave your diet plans aside and drool over the scrumptious food.

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Goth at Khole ke Hanuman ji

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The monsoon season invites you to hold goth(picnic) at Khole Ke Hanumanji and spend leisure time with your family and friends by savouring your taste buds with the delicious daal baati churma, Mirchi ke tapore and variety of churma’s which is served here as prasadi. This spiritual temple offers a mesmerizing view from the top of the hill which is a feast for the eyes especially in the rainy season.

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Long Drives – Nahargarh Jaipur for a view to die for

 

The month of Sawan is at its peak, waking up the weekend plans which were snoozing during scorching summer. Explore the city and do not miss the mesmerizing weekend getaway spot, situated at the rim of Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh.

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This place has to offer you a splendid picnic spot with your loved ones, eye-capturing Instagram posts, and stories and a view of the Walled City you can die for, savouring the season of Sawan with a bhutta in your hand.

Season’s best Ghewar

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Monsoons are one of the typecasted seasons of the year. It is the season when you cling towards a hot cup of coffee, a plate of tempting pakoras but Jaipurites crave for Ghewars, a delicacy which will allow you to sideline the diet plans guilt free. When eating ghewars at Jaipur, you could not think of calories any more rather you will be swayed by the undeniably delicious dessert drenched in sugar and garnished with rabri.

Season’s Best Ghewar

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Monsoon is not the only month of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but also a start to the preparation for upcoming festivities as well. The two most celebrated festivals during this season are Teej and Raksha Bandhan.  Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, celebrating the day she united with Lord Shiva after a span of 100 years. This celebration in Jaipur is an extravagant sight with lively processions, innumerable rituals, and delicious savouries inclusive of city’s one of the best Ghewar. One cannot afford to miss this if in the Pink city.

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To relish this season leisurely, pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

Happy Sawaan Month 🙂

 

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Jaipur Celebrates Eid-Ul-Fitr!

The moon has already been sighted and the auspicious occasion of Eid that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan is right here. The festivity of Eid-Ul-Fitr in Jaipur is in full swing, and we can smell it in the air. Jaipur is prepped up for Eid with clean houses and already shopped accessories. Eid-Ul-Fitr, also known as ‘Meethi Eid’ is celebrated all around the world by the Muslim community.

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The festival of Eid is celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion all around Jaipur, but the celebration inside the walled city… ka andaaz, hai kuch khas…especially of Ramganj.

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Ramganj Market at night

Ramganj is remarkably crowded during the days around Eid. It becomes a flea market during Ramadan. They are decorated like a bride, where shopkeepers entertain the enthusiast shoppers from dusk till dawn. The streets thronged with rozedaars (people who observe fasting) and the shoppers are welcomed right after Iftar and are served till Sehri (Shoor) specially prepared delicacies. The markets are full of hustle bustle throughout the nights as if Jaipur has shifted to a nocturnal schedule for a month. An experience you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

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Chaand Raat– Chaand Raat or ‘Night of Moon’ confirms that the holy month of fasting has ended. On the supposed last day of Ramadan, people right after iftar get on their roofs/terraces eagerly trying to spot the crescent moon in the deep sky. Sighting of the moon confirms Eid the next day.

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The following day celebrations kick starts as the day of Eid-Ul-Fitr when all the Muslims are decked up in special Eid look adorned in best of their dresses and start their day with Eid namaz. Kids receive Eidi. These are gifts given to younger members of a family by their elders, in cash and kinds.

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Namaaz at Albert Hall

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Jaipur’s Jama Masjid and Eid-Gah along with all other masjids in the pink city host the special namaz. Eid namaz is a mandate on every member of the community – man or woman. Since time immemorial, Eid-Gah hosts the Namaz and other masjids, but very few Jaipurites are aware of the fact that every year Eid, namaz is also done at Ram Niwas Bagh at a small scale, where women have also been attending the prayer for many years now. At Eid Gah where thousands of people pray together is a sight to behold.

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DSCF5230 copy.jpgEid celebration in Jaipur is an experience that counts. Eid Mubarak to all from Jaipur Beat!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Playing Holi

Holi, the joyous festival of colours and celebrations is one of the most awaited festivals in Jaipur. Everywhere you can spot Jaipurites purchasing different shades of colours, pichkaris and how can we miss everyone’s favourite water balloons! In every temple, you can see Phaag utsav being celebrated with great razzmatazz.

You must be thinking that every Jaipurite loves this festival, you got that wrong! Some people believe that the colours of Holi are not good for the skin and they are harmful to the environment too. But guess, what with proper precautions taken, this festival is as healthy as you can think. Here are the reasons why.

–          Playing Holi makes you summer ready

After a long, tiring and lazy winter that we all face, the singing and dancing at Holi makes us all summer ready. Our body loosens up a bit and we become more active after the celebrations.

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–          A colourful Holi protects you from diseases

You think colours are harmful to the skin, let’s give you a different perspective today. Playing with Holi colours and the fire that is burnt on Holika Dahan cleans the environment and protects us from various diseases.

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–          Get drenched in colourful selfies

This is the only day when the craziest and colourful selfie wins. Funny tongue out poses, quirky poses fill our social media profiles that day and honestly, we love them !

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–          Enjoy some toothsome Gujjiya

Without Gujjiya, Holi seems to be incomplete. Seeing the sight of Gujjiya right after playing Holi is blissful for all.

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–          Don’t need to dress-up for Holi

Holi is that festival for which you can wear any clothes without thinking twice. So dress as you like and you are Holi ready.

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–          Officially go crazy with friends and family

Getting permission from parents is a big task, but on this day you are officially allowed to go as crazy as possible be it with your friends or family.

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So Guys and girls, don’t miss playing Holi this year because it’s fun and guess what, healthy too ! 😀

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7 Things We Find During Diwali Cleanliness Drive At Home!

They say Diwali is all about lights, festivity, and celebration. But is it just about that?

Diwali is also about cleaning the whole house like never before; it is also about nostalgia on finding out old stuff, and about remembering the old Diwali days. Jaipur Beat takes you on a trip to find the lost treasures that we only find out and remember about in “Diwali ki Safai”. Here follows a list of things that we find during our Safai Mania!

  • The Memories!

There are always some pictures from childhood that our parents took of us having made the mess. There are also the pictures from family trips to hill stations or simply to Amber Fort in Daddu’s lap or papa’s shoulders. Good times!

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  • The Money

We all have that secret place for keeping extra cash that we never told anyone about. Moreover, we ourselves forgot about having kept it there! And Tada! It pops out of nowhere during Diwali Safai.

  • Toys

Those childhood treasures, miniature cars, teddy bears, dolls, planes and whatnot. Those toys are just there to stay and be admired year after year, and you smile thinking about the tantrums you used to throw at losing them for the shortest span of time.

  • Clothes

The long forgotten dress that used to be your favourite but you grew out and eventually forgot about it. It’s about time you donate them at the Mother Teresa Home or Neki ki Deewar in Jaipur

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  • Home Décor Items

Year after year we buy new stuff to decorate our house on Diwali, and the old stuff just gets dumped in the storeroom, only to be noticed on next Diwali safai!

  • Cards

Birthday cards, wedding cards, written letters and messages that you kept under the mattress and forgot about.

  • Trivial things

That lost jewellery piece that you kept safely in your drawer only to take it out now, or the coins and pennies in nooks and corners.

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Diwali is the biggest festival of the year and the most exciting one too, but the “Diwali Safai” also has its own advantages, that bring along a lot of things that we loved and lost, or forgot about during the year!

Did you start your Diwali Safai yet? What did you find? Let us know in comments!

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Engulf In The Five F’s Of Navratri

Navratri Sthapna marks the beginning of the festive season and for the next month or so, it is all about food, festivity, faith, fasting and a lot of fun! Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around.

Jaipur Beat brings you the five F’s of this beautiful season of love, happiness, colours and light.

  1. Faith– The first and foremost thing that Navratri is about- Maa Durga’s love and blessings. The elaborate ‘puja’ and ‘havan’ during the Navratras cannot be forgotten. Moreover, it’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often due to Navratri. Visiting Amer’s Shila Mata temple is the most important #ThingsToDO which every Jaipurite tries to achieve ditching the tight schedule.

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  1. Fasting- It’s the first question we ask – Are you on fast? That’s the most important part of Navratri. Some do it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals, and some do it for de-toxication but some like us are always after the best Falahaari delights. No matter the reason, we all believe in fasting and choose to instil some healthy eating habits during these nine days of Navratri.

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  1. Food– Even though Navratri is about fasting, yet food is the constant love. We always find substitutes for what we cannot eat during Navratras. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. And for those who are not fasting, festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the same old spicy food.

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  1. Festivity- There is an air of festive mood in the weather with all the festive discounts, shopping spree, family functions and wedding functions lining up. You can see light and decorations wherever you turn your head.

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  1. Fashion- Last but not least, fashion always makes the place for itself when it comes to the festivity. We have all tip-topped ourselves with glittery Gujarati or Rajasthani lehengas and Angrakhas some time or the other for the epic Garba and Dandiya night or even taking out our traditional Indian outfits.

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The best time of the year is right here. Let’s enjoy it to the most!

Wishing you all a very Happy Navratri ! 🙂