Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Lets' celebrate 'Festivity in Diversity'


Heylos to all smart mommies, hope you all must be busy with this festive season, I must say in India it's festivity in diversity. 

People across the India are celebrating Lohri (Northen part of India), Pongal (Southern part of India), Uttrayan / Makar-Sankranti (Kite Flying in Western regions i.e. Gujarat, Maharashtra),  Bihu (Eastern part of India) and Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (celebratd by muslims across he country).

During this festive season, the year embarks the harvesting happiness and transition of the winter season to the blooming spring. 


Each of the festivals – largely celebrated to mark the harvest season in different parts of India – will be observed by different communities in traditional ways.  Festival of Lohri reflects the beginning of new year and celebrates the good harvesting. 

All Sikhs across the country do lit bon-fire in thier community and sing and dance around it. 

They prepare the most sumptuous Punjabi delicacies like sarso-da-saag and makki di roti to celebrate harvesting. 



Bihu is the most important cultural festival for Assamese (the eastern region of India). 

Duirng this festival they lit bonfire early morning and offer prayers, visit friends and relatives wishing them good harvest for the year. A special delicacy is made called 'Pitha' made of rice, coconut, sesame (til) adn jaggery (Gud). Also a traditional Assamee dance is performed by all. 

But it's the most cautioned phase for kids, as the y are more prone to fall sick during this period due to season change. But doing parikrama around bon-fire may help to prevent such sickness.


Whereas Uttrayan (a.k.a. Makar-sankranti) reflects the colorful sky across the country celebrating the change of directions of wind during transition of season change. It's also called Makar-Sankranti due Astral reasons i.e sun enters Makara raashi (Capricon) Zodiac sign. I simply love this festive season as it's full of colours, sweets and happiness. The festival of kites is the best time for father and child to bond much stronger as all strong dadz can teach their kids to fly kites and lantern as high as they can and become a hero in front of their kids. 


The southern part of India celebrates Pongal. I was not aware of the festival called 'Pongal'. I was also confused with the rice item served in college hostel which was also called 'Pongal'. For me as being from Gujarat I was actually not aware about why pongal is celebrated but we use to often see it as marked holiday in school calendar.  

But I was glad that during those college days one our classmate did share the story behind this festival. She said that, Pongal is associated with the legend of Govardhan Mountain and legend of Lord Shiva and his bull, Nandi. According to the legend of Govardhan Mountain, Lord Krishna lifted the mountain on his little finger on Bhogi, which is the first day of Pongal, to protect the cattle and people from Indra, an angry rain god. 

According to the legend of Lord Shiva, on the third day of Pongal, Lord Shiva sent his buffalo Nandi to tell people to have oil bath daily and eat once a month. However, Nandi became confused and told people to eat daily and bathe once a month. This angered Lord Shiva so he placed Nandi on earth to help humans harvest for more food, therefore Pongal became a harvest festival. 


This day also marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, and so all my Muslim friends across the country will celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. 

Am glad that I have friends across the country who share their the stories related to these festivals. It's really nice to to know diffirent cultures and celebrate different festivals with the same zing of enthusiasm. 

As a child I was very curious to know lot many things specially about festivals. I use to often end up asking my dad about why this, why that. Like why we make til-gud chikkis for Uttrayan and why mom always cook undhiyoun (delicious gujarati vegetable dish, a must serve during kite-flying)in earthen pot during the festival. He never discouraged me to ask questions, rather gave me all valid answers with science, region and religion significance. Like for my obove questions he replied, "We all are set to fly kites on teraces, with scorching sun, and strong winds, we need strenghth to celebrate it and so gud-til chikkis are the best. And it can be prepared a much ahead and so your mom can too enjoy the festival. Undhiyoun, has all the green vegetables of the season (can say first harvest) cooked slowly on earthen pot. So that your mom can put it for cook and join us in the Latern flying too."

At Smart Momz we are all eagerly waiting for 26th Jan 'Smart Momz Meet'. We all members are constantly interacting on social media watsApp as so that we get to know each other better before the meet happens. Also I love the way my readers responded to my previous post on Super Momz a.k.a Working mothers. Looking forward to hear from you all soon. 

So all the smart momz and smart dads, please encourage your child to celebrate all festivals and also let them know more about different cultures and festivals and their significance. Here I wish all smart momz and super momz Happy Pongal, Bihu, Uttrayan, Lohri and Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak!


-XOXO
Nidhi @Moms' Space
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