One of the biggest excitements of our childhood days for the arrival of any festival was getting new clothes. Most of us from our generation had a pretty simple life where we got new clothes only on our birthday and the major festival of that community. Durga Pujo for me was wearing those new clothes that my mom would have bought months ahead, nothing fancy, not branded, yet gave immense happiness. With limited money, I wonder how she managed to buy everything for everyone!
Now with online shopping and better buying capacity, kids or even adults don’t have to wait for any occasion to buy new clothes or gifts. So, somewhere that association of new clothes with festivals is not there any more. My kids are actually surprised to hear about “pujo shopping” as for them shopping is done throughout the year!
For us association of new clothes with festivals, outings, eating out was something else..