The end of the year herald the festive season in India. To us, this means colour, celebration, good food and fun times with friends. How do you evoke the festive mood in your home, though? Some of us might choose to update our decor with bright cushions, zari work, diyas glimmering with oil. Rangolis and Torans also make their presence felt. Just the fleeting presence of these little things is enough to make the house seem brighter and cheerful.
There is, though, one thing I find myself reaching out to, any time of the year, to give our house that extra festive touch.
While bouquets and baby’s breath are fine, my heart thuds a little harder for the more traditional flowers. Panjim’s market is such a treat at this time of year. Reams of incredibly fragrant mogra, baskets full of bright orange and yellow marigolds, the overpowering fragrance of fresh roses. Is there anything better to give your house a treat?
When we have something special in our house, I buy several strings of mogra for our traditional altar. People buy these to wear in the hair but try them as decoration for your home and see the effect. The white garland complements the antique wood beautifully and adds an unexpected Indo-Western touch. For events at our heritage house, the marigolds are pressed into duty, giving brass utensils on huge urns a dash of unexpected colour. And to our potted plants, an agarbatti (incense stick) wards off mosquitoes and welcomes guests.
Apart from these, we use air-fresheners in our home and car. Have you tried the festive range at Godrej Aer? (I love their new #ChangetheAer campaign. It is a reminder of how we really need to pay attention to our air and do something urgently to make it better.)
Do your festivals have a fragrance associated with them?
All images – mine.