Makar Sankranti Festival | Pongal – Time for a Fresh Start

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Hey Mamas , Today is Sankranti festival in India. Mahar Sankranti is celebrated by Indians across the world in different names Bhogi,Pongal,Bhi,Lohri etc . This is a good chance to teach kids about different traditions and culture . We celebrate festivals to discipline humans . There is always a good lesson hidden in all the Indian festivals . Check out my today’s post about celebrations to teach children a good life lesson.

My daughter Lucky is so excited to wear Indian traditional dress today . I will post pictures of our today’s costumes and table spread later in the evening . 🙂 🙂 We love festivals .. One should never forget their root,culture and traditions wherever we put up in this beautiful World . I’d love to see pictures,posts,write up,links about all your festive celebrations .Please take out time to share your festival pictures and links of your celebrations . Please drop it in the comments below.

Bhogi is the first day of four days Sankranthi celebrations in India.

 On Bhogi, people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation.The theme of Bhogi festival is to throw away and burn old and unwanted stuffs to bring in spiritual bhogam(prosperity) into our house and heart .

On Bhogi day we not only remove unwanted things from our houses, remove unwanted /negative thoughts,emotions and negative people from you & your life . It will make you a #NewYou ..It will help to transform your life . This is a time to reborn as a new person . Time to change your bad attitudes & habits . Just change one bad habit Big or Small !
Remove the old and give space for new beautiful things in life After all its one life which is short Live a happy and positive one .  

The history behind the word ‘Bhogi’ has too many accounts. The widely reckoned etymology to the word ‘Bhogi’ is that the word ‘Bhogam’ entails ‘receiving pleasure from divinity’ and the day offering that divine pleasure is named after ‘Bhogi’.  Another legend accounts that Bhogi Pandigai is celebrated in the name of Lord Indhra (god of rain and thunderstorms).

The celebrations of Bhogi Pandigai usually start early in the morning where homes are usually cleaned and washed. Subsequently, women and girls decorate the houses with beautiful kolam (rangoli) drawn out of rice flour and kaavi (red-oxide). People take head baths on this day as a part of the Bhogi festival celebrations..

 

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(Are you wondering what’s so colorful in the above picture?! This Kolam/Rangoli.. Women and girl kids draw this colorful Rangoli on the main entrance of every house during festival times . It improves their creativity,colors brings peace to heart and soul.)The next step is performing pujas and offering ‘Bholi’ (battercake with lentil or coconut filling prepared with jaggery) to the almighty as ‘naivedhyam’ (food offered to god as a part of ritual). Later people assemble to light up a large outdoor fire to burn old and unwanted stuffs.Bhogi Pandigai is also celebrated in Andhra Pradesh in a grand manner on the same day as ‘Bhogi’ and as ‘Lohri’ in Punjab and ‘Magh Bihu/Bhogali Bihu’ in Assam.A very delicious and rich meal is prepared and served on plantain leaf on this day .

Pongal O’ Pongal: More than a Harvest Festival

 

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Pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God. This is the second day of Sankranthi celebrations. Pongal usually means festivity or celebration; more specifically Pongal is translated as “boiling over” or “overflow.” Pongal is also the name of a sweetened dish of rice boiled with lentils that are ritually consumed on this day. Symbolically, Pongal signifies the gradual heating of the earth as the Sun travels northward toward the equinox.

In this season, you should get rid of all the unnecessary things in your life and begin life afresh. You should make this cleanup an annual event. Even if some cleaning up is done on a daily basis, a few things pile up here and there without you being conscious about it. This piling up is not only of material things in our homes. Also in our minds , in our emotions , in our bodies, and in our consciousness, things pile up. This is the time to clean that up and start afresh in the coming spring, as spring is the best time to start life..

Pongal day is consider as new beginning of all good things. It marks the end of winter . Also it is the festival to respect farmers .

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(Are you wondering looking at the above picture?! This is a pot with pongal which is the main dish on this festival.This is a Yummy Sweet in a colorful clay pot 🙂 , Food crops and Sugar cane. Since it is the harvest festival food plays the major role . In our agricultural country Rice and wheat are the major food crops)

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Makar Sankranti is also called as Kite festival . Kids enjoy flying colorful kites .

Mattu Pongal is the third day and includes worshiping cattle because it is believed that cattle help give a good harvest. This is in recognition of the importance of cattle to the agrarian community. They are also regarded as sacred animals. The cows are given a good bath and a thorough scrub. They are then adorned and decorated with garlands around their necks and kumkum on their horns and foreheads. They are not given any work on that day and are allowed to graze without much restraint. Ceremonial boiled rice is offered with sweets and sugar cane.

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The fourth day is called Kanum or Kani Pongal, which is when many people go on picnic and spend time with families and friends. The Pongal festival also includes exchanging gifts, dancing, and buffalo-taming contests. Single women seeking good husbands observe this day.

I’d love to see pictures,posts,write up,links about all your festive celebrations .Please take out time to share your festival pictures and links of your celebrations . Please drop it in the comments below.Have a fantastic day !!

Happy Celebrations !

Much Love , Devi

 

 

Happy Karva Chauth/Karwa Chauth

karva-chauthHappy KarvaChauth !!

I have always loved festivities,the time starting from Janmashtami to Christmas.Colors,lights,music and rituals all around.Full of festive vibes and it feels awesome.It changes the bad mood and makes life colorful.Dress up and enjoy ! Celebrate life !

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Some interesting facts about Karvachauth festival below.
Karva Chauth/Karwa Chauth is the day on which a wife keeps a fast and prays for her husband’s long life,prosperity and well-being .It is a Hindu festival widely celebrated in the North and northwestern parts of India. It celebrates love and it urges people to go the extra mile for their beloved.The festival was emerged also as a day for celebrating autumn. Karva means clay pot while chauth means fourth.

Karwa Chauth Recipe

Karwa Chauth is incomplete without Vermicelli Kheer. Preparing it is easy and does not take much time. Here’s how you can prepare this special Karwa Chauth recipe.
Ingredients
Seviyan or Vermicelli
Ghee or butter
Sugar
Milk
Dry fruits
Saffron

Method
In a heavy bottom pan, put some ghee or butter and let it melt. Add 1 cup or 250 gms of Seviyan to it and fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Add around 3 cups of milk and allow it to boil. Add sugar to it and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Lastly, put some saffron and dry fruits of your choice. Seviyan Kheer is ready to be served.
As Karwa Chauth, the day of love approaches, it’s time to get dressed in your finest clothes, to get your hands tattooed with pretty and delicate henna designs(mehandi),give and receive lovely Gifts,Fasting and Feasting .

It is time to fall in love all over again! Dress up and enjoy ! Celebrate life ! Enjoy the day !!

Devi Venkatesan

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Onam Celebrations 

Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Numerous festivals are celebrated in kerala,yet Onam is of prime importance and celebrated by people all over the state irrespective of religion .Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug – Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Onam is the harvest festival in Kerala.

Onam festival begins 10 days prior to actual date of festival. People start decorating their residences with beautiful flower arrangements days before the occasion. Onasadhya is prepared on the last day of Onam, called Thiruonam. People of Kerala wish to depict that they are happy and prosperous to their dear King Mahabali whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.

Ten days of feasting, boat races, songs and dance are part of the festivities. Pookalam or floral decoration at the entrance of each house marks each day. Earthen mounds, which look like square pyramids, representing Mahabali and Vishnu are also placed in the dung-plastered courtyards. After traditional prayers and worship, the head of the household presents new clothes to the family and friends. This is followed by a lavish feast.

 

Dancing and sports also takes precedence this week. Certain dances like Kaikotikalli, are traditionally associated with Onam. Caparisoned elephants in spectacular procession, fireworks are also an integral part of the festivities. The Vallamkalli or the boat race is another event that is synonymous with Onam and is best seen at Aranmulla and Kottayam. About 100 oarsmen row huge and graceful snake boats and men and women come from far and near to watch the snake boats skim through the water.

Rangoli is considered very auspicious due to which it is an inevitable part of Hindu festivals. In kerala ‘Pookalam’ or the flower rangoli marks the festival of Onam.  ‘Poo’ means ‘flower’ and ‘Kalam’ means artwork. Floral Rangoli or the ‘Onam Kolam’ is a very important part of the Onam celebrations. 

Rich and the poor, everybody prepares Onasadya in a grand fashion as people of Kerala are extremely devotional and passionate when it comes to Onasadya.

This festival is also important because of its secular character.

Happy Onam friends !!

Devi Venkatesan

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Radha Ashtami

 

29th August  is Radha Ashtami

Hindus celebrate Radha Ashtami on 29th August .Radha is known to be an ‘avatar’ of Goddess Lakshmi.Radha Ashtami is celebrated 15 days after ‘Janmashtami’, the birth anniversary of Sri Krishna.

Radha Ashtami is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. It falls on Ashtami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.

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Devotees keep fast on Radha Asthami day. Goddess Radha is worshipped during Madhyana Kaal which is noon time according to Hindu division of the day. Currently Radha Ashtami falls in the month of August or September in English calendar. Radha Ashtami is also known as Radhashtami and Radha Jayanti.

Radha Ashtami story is associated with the birth of Goddess Radha. Radha was born as a daughter to Vrishbhanu Gop. Her mother’s name was Kirti. According to Padma Purana, Radha ji has been said to be King Vrishbhanu’s daughter. According to Padma Purana, Vrishbhanu received Radhaji when he was cleaning the floor for organizing a Yagya. Vrishbhanu considered Radhaji to be his own daughter and took care of her.

 

It has also been mentioned in Padma Purana that Lord Vishnu asked his family members to come to planet Earth as incarnations before being born as Lord Krishna. Therefore, Goddess Laxmi who is Lord Vishnu’s wife incarnated as Radhaji. According to Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Radha was a friend to Lord Krishna whose love and devotion was unfathomable. She was married to a person named Rapan or Rayan. Radhaji is also considered to be Lord Krishna’s loverIt is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures, the observer of the Radha Ashtami vrat will be blessed with a prosperous and happy life. the person will overcome all his obstacles, attain the materialistic desires and finally attain salvation. It is believed that after observing the Radha Ashtami fast and worshipping Goddess Durga, the person will be freed from all their sins. Their minds will be cleared from negative and bad thoughts and he/she will attain spiritual bliss.

Happy Festive Celebrations !!

Devi Venkatesan

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Happy Ramnavami

Lord-Ram-and-SitaSri Rama Navami is one of the important festivals celebrated in India.

This festival is celebrated to proclaim the birth of Lord SriRam, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The day generally falls in the months of March or April, every year. Ram symbolizes the good and is the destroyer of evil. The story of Rama’s life as described in the epic Ramayana defines the concept of dharma in the form of the ideal husband, wife, brother and parents. Ramanavami is a day which celebrates Lord Rama and all of the ideals associated with him in Hinduism.

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It is celebrated by different names at different places such as in the Maharashtra it is celebrated by the name Chaitra Navratri, in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu it is celebrated by the name Vasanthothsava etc.
People celebrate this festival by decorating the statues of the Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Lord Hanuman. They prepare sweets perform the puja, On this day Panakam and Kosambari are distributed as prasadam. People involve in singing the devotional songs for whole day as well as listening the recitations from the various Hindu religious books.Vedic mantras are chanted by the religious people of the community at this occasion. Keeping fast at this day has another significance of getting body and mind purified. At some place, people perform a religious and cultural event called Ramlila to reveal the history of Ram in front of people.
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Happy Ram Navami wishes to all
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Devi Venkatesan
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