#100DaysOfBlogging Day 17
We’d wake up early in the morning. After taking bath, we’d get dressed quickly and head to the temple before having breakfast. Taking the blessings of the almighty first thing in the morning was important, especially on auspicious occasions like festivals. Though we didn’t celebrate all nine days, Navaratri (or Pujo) did matter. There were specific colors we’d wear on each of the nine days. Though it wasn’t mandatory, we’d not eat meat during that time. On one of the days, we’d keep the books for puja, and pray for success. On the day of Vijayadashami, after puja, we’d be given the books to peruse. Learning on that day was considered auspicious for success to follow.
This year, some of these weren’t strictly followed. It felt different. Then again, as I’ve grown up, the way we’ve celebrated any festival seems to have changed a lot. Be it the days Navratri or Diwali or Christmas or Onam, none has stayed completely the same. Maybe it’s a way of life itself. Or maybe it’s us. I can’t tell for sure.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 9th October 2016)