Festivals

Linking this with #Daily Chatter #UBC Day 9.


Festivals

#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.


From 23rd September, exactly 100 days are left in the year, the idea is to write on each of these days. A few other friends chose their own themes. I thought I’d collaborate with Aniesha bon on the challenge. We’re choosing topics on alternate days, and each day, we’re writing on the same topic too. She chose the topic LESSON for Day 17.

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(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 9th October 2016)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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