Gujarati Customs / Traditions

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05/14/2018 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
In this blog series we will be exploring different rituals and traditions of Gujarati culture and we shall begin with Gujarati Wedding. There are so many traditions associated with Gujarati weddings as normally it is a 3-4 day affair. Let’s begin with the pre-wedding rituals. Gujarati Wedding Rituals: Pithi/Haldi Gujarati weddings are at least 2-3...
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02/17/2018 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Holi is More than a Color Festival The day after the last full moon of phalgun, the last month of the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Holi in India. This falls normally around beginning the month of March in the English calendar. The origin of the Holi festival dates back to the time of Krishna,...
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02/11/2018 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Shivratri Want to calm your days and bring more laughter? Then music is your key. Learning these simple mantras and songs is a great way to bring peace to your normally chaotic days. This Tuesday the 13th is Maha Shivratri – Hindu festival celebrating Lord Shiva. Here are some of our favorite Shiva mantras and...
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02/05/2018 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
In this blog series we will be exploring different rituals and traditions of Gujarati culture and we shall begin with Gujarati Wedding. There are so many traditions associated with Gujarati weddings as normally it is a 3-4 day affair. Let’s begin with the pre-wedding rituals. Gujarati Wedding Rituals: Engagement Many Gujarati marriages are still arranged....
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01/12/2018 Comments: 2 Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
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.
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12/25/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Sump tya jump — Strength in Unity Whenever we children fought, my dada – grandpa – would put his Gujarati Newspaper down and have us all come near him. He would say, “Poke me with one finger.” And then ask, “Do you think that hurt?” I would say no and he would move to my...
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12/11/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
Winters in Gujarat – Shiyaado When there is a wood burning stove on in the middle of the living room known as “Sagadi” and everyone gathers around it to warm their bodies early mornings and late evenings, you know winter has arrived in Gujarat. There are mainly three different seasons in India and in Gujarat...
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10/23/2017 Comments: % Posted by: michele miller In:
Here’s what NOT to do at a Gujarati Gathering… This video will help you prepare for some of the likely scenarios. Gujarati No-no’s Want more videos? Here’s another one with some fun tongue twisters. Ready to freshen up on Gujarati or learn the basics? Find more about learning Gujarati online here.
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10/02/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: michele miller In:
Raavan dahan – letting go of what’s not serving you! (Burn that Raavan) Most Indians are aware of what is Garba? Of course the minute you say it, you associate it with Gujarati People. This nine days of dancing and praising Goddess Durga or Kali in India is known as Navratri. This is the festival...
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09/25/2017 Comments: Be the first! Posted by: Vaishali Patel In:
There are unique things that desi aunty’s carry in their bags; but there are also things you will not find in a Gujarati Masi’s bag. Many women carry essentials in their bags. Some like carrying a big purse and some prefer just the bare necessities like ID, cash and credit cards. Then there are these things you...
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