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.
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!
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! 😛
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