Its Festival Time!!

Kalakand, Gulab Jamun, Milk Cake, Kaju Katli, Jalebi, Boondi laddoo’s….

Every year when the festive season kicks in, I dump all my “I need to lose weight” resolutions and start stuffing my face with all the possible sweets I can find. I’ve already attacked a box of milk cake and I’m having extreme cravings for some piping hot jalebi’s.

With the Navratari, India enters into a month long festive mode. We have nine days of navratri’s which involves insane amounts of garba, then the durga pooja, followed by dussehra, then karva chauth, and finally Diwali and Bhai Dooj.

It’s a month filled with sweets, new clothes, innumerable pooja’s, dancing, amazingly delicious food, family get together, fairy lights, earthen oil lamps, rangoli’s and gifts.

I’m so excited about all the mind blowing food I’m going to eat!

I know I’ll be about 5 kg’s heavier by the time we wrap up the celebrations, but who cares!!

Shubh Navratri everyone!!

🙂

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And We Kickstart The Festivities!

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This weekend had the ultimate festive high for India. With Saturday being the ‘Durga Ashtami” or Durga Pooja as it’s popularly called and on Sunday the festival of Dussehra, it was all about having fun with friends and family.

Durga Pooja is mainly celebrated in the eastern states of India. Primarily in the state of West Bengal. The Pooja kickstarts on the fifth day of the Navratri and the eighth day or the “Ashtami” is the main event.

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My bestie is a Bengali so at her place the Durga Pooja is obviously a big deal. Every year I make sure I go her place on the Ashtami and we have a blast! Its so much fun celebrating together. And this year was even more special because another of our best friend was in town after four years. So it became a re-union of sorts. And man was it fun!

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After the traditional “Arti” with the Dhol (Drum roll) playing  as the background music we had the best of time eating some super awesome food and clicking pictures like a bunch of crazy people. 😀

We chatted, we ate, clicked pictures, had in short had an insanely good time together. I can’t show you the pictures of us because I fear being certified crazy once again. 😛

Next day i.e. Sunday was Dussehra or what is also know as Vijay Dashmi.

Dussehra is celebrated as the victory of good over evil. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Ram had killed the Demon ‘Ravan’ on this day. So all over India, effigies of Ravan are burnt symbolising the end or destruction of evil.

Now ‘Ravan‘ was the villian in our mythology as was a fierce looking demon. But the effigies that are made of him are sometimes so funny looking that it makes me laugh uncontrollably! The effigy makers try their best to make ‘Ravan‘ look fierce with big moustaches and all but this year the face of the Effigy that was put up near my house was orange, so it kinda defeated the whole purpose of it looking like a demon! 😛

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Any ways, on Dussehra, at my place we worship weapons. It’s an old ritual that all the warrior families used to follow. All the weapons like swords etc that were used for self defence were worshipped on this day. Now my uncle still had tradition carved swords and ‘Kirpaans‘ but my dad worships a pen!

He say’s that being a Chartered Accountant, his pen is as good as his sword!

Oh Well! “A pen is mightier than a sword” comes true on that day at my place 😛

All the family comes together on this day and we always have jalebi’s in the evening bought by my grand father, But this year he was not with us because he’s holidaying in the U.S. so we postponed the jalebi’s for when he comes back. 🙂

Pictures by Clickaholicks

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Happy Navratri

Happy Navratri everyone! *Showers flower petals* May you have all the joys and happiness of the festive season!

I love Navratri. It kick starts the festivals in India. 😀

For all those who are new to this concept, Navaratri is a nine night festival that honours the deity Mother Goddess in all her manifestations and its on the tenth day ‘Vijay Dashmi’ is celebrated which means the victory of good over evil.

‘Nav’ means nine, and ‘Ratri’ means night. Hence ‘Navratri’ is celebrating the nine nights and worshipping the deity goddess.

Navratri is celebrated in all parts of India in different ways. The most flamboyant and renowned Navaratri celebrations can be seen in western India where the nine nights are danced away. ‘Garba’ or ‘Dandiya Raas’ is a traditional dance performed in circles where the dancers are dressed in colourful clothes. Little decorated sticks known as the “Dandiya” are sometimes used. A high on energy dance, ‘Garba’ is one of the most fun celebration in India.

Over the course of these nine days, the three forms of the mother goddess -“Durga”, Laxmi” and “Saraswati” are worshiped in their various forms.

Each goddess is worshiped for three days in turn, starting with Durga who destroys negative tendencies. Next is Lakshmi who bestows good virtues and fortune, and last is Saraswati, who instills wisdom and spiritual knowledge. The worship, accompanied by fasting, takes place in the mornings. Evenings are for feasting and dancing.

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