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Happy Makar Sankranti

Happy Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year i.e. the 14th of January. Can you guess why? This is because the festival of Sankranti is based on the solar calendar unlike the rest of Indian festivals, which are based on the lunar calendar. Makar literally means “Capricorn” and Sankranti is the day when the Sun changes it’s position from one sign of the Zodiac to the other. Even though Sankranti comes every month, in the month of Magha (January) it is considered especially auspicious as it coincides with the harvest season and marks the end of the winter season.

Everybody wishes eachother saying “Tilgul ghya ani god god bola” by giving the ’tilgul’ which is the special sweet made on this day, which means “Take sweet, talk sweet and be sweet forever!” teaching us to forgive and forget, share and love.

Wish you all a very happy Makar Sankranti 🙂

Shruti.

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Happy Diwali !

Happy Diwali !

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year 🙂

@Shruti.

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India is well known for Festivals and Food along with its Culture.  After getting a huge response for my previous blog narrating ‘Indian Culture”, this time I thought to write about the Festivals!
“Shravanmasi harsha manasi…hiraval daate chohikade!
Kshanat yete sarsar shirave…kshanat firuni unh pade!! ” – Baalkavi.

These are my favorite lines from a marathi poem by famous poet “Baalkavi” describing “Shravan”…the eagerly awaited monsoon and beginning of festival season in India. I feel it is the most delicate month of the year, as it spreads greenery allover, refreshes the nature and gives pleasure to all humans through its various shades. Rain is something I enjoy the most in this season apart from delicious food and various celebrations 😉 The fragrance of soil (Mrudagandha) that comes after it has just drizzled… I miss that “Mrudgandha” a lot here in America 😦 and those tiny-little dewdrops on fragile leaves of plants glitter like diamonds in the sunshine reflected through them! At the moment its cloudy..suddenly the
weather becomes sunny…as if nature is playing “Hide & Seek” with us! Ahhh… its so heavenly beautiful that I feel short of words to describe it… simply unimaginable!

This season is dear to newly married girls especially because they get a chance to meet their parents, family n friends back home and celebrate various festivals. To begin with Shravan Somwar (to pray Lord Shiva), Mangalagauri (a festival in which newly wedded girls pray to Godess Gauri for goodwill of their family, play swings (jhoolas), sing/dance and celebrate it overnight till dawn of next day…which is an absolute fun, Naagpanchami (Showing our gratitude towards Naagdevta), Rakshabandhan, Kojagiri Full moon, Janmashtami, Gauri followed by Ganesh festival which is celebrated at a grand level in Maharashtra. Then comes Navaratri, Dasara and then the biggest festival of India – “Diwali”! I believe these are the festivals that strengthen the bonds of relationships, give everyone many joyful moments and reasons to smile… 🙂
This is the spirit that unites we Indians living in a country having 28 states, more than 30 languages and billions of people.

Have fun this festival season  🙂
Shruti.

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