Baby Shower and Godh Bharai Sarees
Godh Bharai and Baby Shower Sarees
The term “Godh Bharai” means filling the lap. It is an occasion for welcoming the unborn baby and blessing the mother-to-be with the joy of being a mother. Traditionally, this occasion is celebrated with religious rituals that include a puja followed by the guests putting gifts in the lap of the expecting lady. However, with the influence of the western culture these days the occasion of ‘Godh Bharai’ has got a trendy makeover that includes the cake-cutting ceremony followed by an informal party. This modern style of Godh Bharai is popularly known as baby shower.
For a traditionally celebrated baby shower, the host and guests usually follow an Indian dress code. Women generally opt for a saree or salwar suit. This ceremony is usually held during daytime so saris with lighter hues like pink, pastel green, yellow, sky blue and beige would be apt. Also, the saree should be mildly embellished as compared to wedding wear saris. The mother-to-be should opt for a sari according to the weather. So if the occasion is in summer a cotton sari with motifs and zari border or an embellished georgette or chiffon saree would be apt. While if the ceremony is during winter, then a silk sari with zari work or a brocade sari would look great. Also, jewellery should not be too heavy. Overall, the expecting lady should look decked up yet feel comfortable.
For a modern baby shower, the lady guests and hosts can opt for floor-length anarkali suits or ethnic gowns in contemporary hues. Or, they may choose lehenga saree and other varieties of trendier sarees in peppy hues and lighter fabrics. If the baby shower ceremony has been organised around a specific ethnic or Indian theme, you can choose sarees accordingly. For example, the theme may be around a certain color – you can order sarees in the same color tone from Saree.com. Popular baby shower color themes include – blue and pink for baby boy and baby girl respectively. Green, considered auspicious, is another popular choice.
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