One of my favourite Hindu festivals is Janamashtami - the birthday of my beloved Lord Krishna. And this year, like every other year we celebrated it in all its glory over the course of 8 days ending with a midnight welcome at Hare Krishna Temple.
How & Why We Celebrate
Lord Krishna is just a damn cheeky incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Krishna's incarnation is another long yet magically beautiful triumph of good over evil. Janamastami is the celebration of the birth of Krishna thousands of years ago in Mathura India.
I have grown up dipped in the essence of this culture and so I just willingly fasted for 8 days which was an emotionally satisfying experience but definitely at the end of the day its not about the religious practices you participate in but he kind of person you are in society and within.
If you wanna learn more about Lord Krishna then I have some animated movies I grew up watching both in Hindi and English so feel free to have a look.
Let's Talk Clothes
Festivals are the perfect occasion to play dress up which is why I chose to be Radha Rani - the lover of Krishna. The pink lehenga is actually a sari pleated to be a skirt and the white fabric is the anchra of the sari just draped to the front over the shoulder. The teal fabric is a dupatta pleated over a fraction of the lehenga to all more texture and colour to the look. Flowers in the hair were statements for gopi's especially a character like radha and traditional headpiece jewellery complete with bangles (matte white is just a fav), jhumkas, waist chain and a long beautiful chain stolen from my mum :) I absolutely love the mid length sleeve blouse with a perfectly covered back which compliments everything else.