☼~☼~Happy Diwali~☼~☼

Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy, Safe and Wonderful Diwali. May the festival of lights usher in a bright new beginning in everyone’s life and dispel the surrounding gloom and sadness.

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Diwali Wishes

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I know the wishes are a day early but curiously enough, the Bengalureans (and I presume the Kannadigas too) are celebrating Diwali on Monday itself! AFAIK, Deepawali Amavasya isn’t until Tuesday and that’s when we’re going to celebrate it. Have a safe and un-noisy one everyone…Ciao.

Dussehra Wishes

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Dussehra.

అందరికి విజయ దశమి శుభాకాంక్షలు.

सब्को नवरात्री की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें

Dussehra Wishes

Image Courtesy: NavsDesign.com | Transliteration courtesy Google Indic :mrgreen:

Raksha Bandhan Greetings

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Last year, I couldn’t be with my (cousin) Sister for the Rakhi Ceremony. Boy! Did it take some cajoling to get over! This year around, I’ve kinda made amends and what’s more, both us brothers were present which made the occasion all the more special. Even though its a once-in-a-year occasion, the bonhomie and togetherness that one feels on such days, when the whole family is together, is very very special. Happy Raksha Bandhan to all!!!

On a sidenote, I remember last year, a Google Image Search for “Rakhi” would yield more pics of the festival and less of the femme! But that’s kinda changed this year….more femme all around. And in case you’re wondering who’s the femme here, just do an Image Search for Rakhi and you’ll know 😛

Coming back to Rakhi – The Festival, I’d like to share here two images – one from Flickr and another, an older one that’s been doing the rounds on Email forwards for quite some time now:

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Happy Bhogi, Pongal and Sankranthi!

Three-in-One Wishes 😛 Here’s wishing everyone a crackling Bhogi, a Happy Pongal and a Cheerful Makar Sankranthi!

Today is the first day of Pongal and is traditionally celebrated as Bhogi. I’ve observed that it is less common in Hyderabad as compared to in Vizag or in my hometown. Bhogi is celebrated by throwing away or destroying old clothes and materials by setting them on fire, signifying the end of the old and the emergence of the new. It is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety. I remember the days when we used to get up as early as 4 AM to light the bonfire and tumble in all sorta old materials – logs, broken furniture, wood chips, dry leaves etc. Once the flames die down, we’d plant kandamullam or sweet potatoes amongst the embers/coals and let them roast….to be eaten later. Mmmmm!

Kite Festival is the more popular mode of celebrating Pongal here and though I like watching those myriad colored kites fluttering about in the skies, the art of flying them has been long forgotten! Checkout some of them colorful kites over at Lazybug’s Flickr page. One of them is this:

Pongal Kite Festival