#WhyDoWe So, tell me you are Desi without telling me you are Desi. 🤣🤣 For the longest time I thought this is how everyone in the world celebrated their birthdays! At Desi birthdays, you see people actually feeding the cake to the birthday boy or girl (even when they are much much older, like 90 something!). You will hear "your turn, now you feed her/him" and then take a picture with that person. The "Happy Birthday to you" song is not enough. "Baar baar din e aaye...
#WhyDoWe Have you seen women around you cleaning the door frame (Oombaro) and putting kumkum dots or divo by it? Why do we do "Oombaraa pujan" as Hindus? In Bollywood movies, we have all seen the images of a married woman entering her new homes for the first time and kicking the Kalash filled with rice inside the house by taking a step with her right foot in the doorframe. One of the beliefs is that Grains (anaaj or Dhaan) was considered a sign of prosperity, and as the
Uttarayan, Makar Sankranti, Kite Festival are different names for this festivals we celebrate on January 14th every year. It marks the end of the winter solace according to the Vedic calendar. If you grew up in Gujarat, here are the few things you associate Uttarayan with: 1. Flying patang (kites), on roof top terrace of your home called “agaasi.” People prepare for this day’s event in advance. As you purchase the “patangs”(kites) and the “doro”(thread the kites are attached
Does prayer have a place in schools? Many private religiously affiliated schools in the US have this routine. Prayer does not have to be oriented towards one religion or affiliation. Prayer is simply a way to center, surrender and ground your day for whatever is coming. For children in school this gets them ready for the fun learning ahead. Many schools in India do not have a separate music program and through this daily routine followed in many schools through out India chil
I know what you are thinking, “are you out of your mind?” How can living with other adults in the same house be good? let alone fun. You have to give up your freedom, space, time and put up with other people’s preferences, right?” Well, here is what living with extended family is really like. Yes, there are different opinions and preferences and yes there are arguments and disagreements. There is also the warmth of someone waiting for you, someone to ask you how was your da
If you are one of the lucky ones who was fortunate enough to have a mom or mother-in-law around after you delivered your baby and if you are Gujarati, you ‘had’ to –rather ‘got’ to– do the following: You were forced to drink suuva methi (water boiled with Dill seeds and fenugreek leaves) nu pani… You had to eat methi (fenugreek) or soonth (ginger) na laadva…You had to eat coconut and jaggery ( Koparu and gaud)… You were not allowed to leave the house for savaa mahino (5 weeks
Festivals are socially and culturally significant, and this is especially true in Gujarat. Celebrations of any kinds bring people together by creating a sense of cultural unity and brotherhood. They develop in individuals a sense of community and belonging. When our daily lives are filled with things that have to get done and things we have to do, we find ourselves working with others, or working alone, doing so in boredom or joy. Festivals, which request or sometimes even r