Evarkkum Ente Hridhayam Niranja VISHU Aasamsakal.
Through out the coming year may your life be filled with celebration of happiness…
Let us all welcome 2012 with our hands and hearts open and wish this year will be the best for us and everyone around us.
May this season brings you success, good time and happiness!!!!
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!
The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word “Deepavali which means row of lamps.
- May the Divine Light of Diwali Spread into your Life Peace, Prosperity, Happiness and Good Health.
- Fill the Heart with the oil of love.
Place in it the wick of single-pointed mind.
Light it with the Knowledge of Truth and remove
the darkness of ignorance around you.
Just as one lamp can light many lamps; let each
youth kindle this Light in many hearts.
- May you live your life like the festival of Diwali, happy healthy and wealthy.
- May this Diwali brings you all joy, health and wealth and also this festival brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives.
- May the Diwali light show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and harmony.
- Fortunate is the one who has learned to Admire, but not to envy.
Good Wishes for a joyous Diwali and a Happy New Year with a plenty of Peace and Prosperity.
- This Diwali, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse.
- The happiest of wishes for a Deepawali, that will be happy in every way for someone like you.
WISH U ALL A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, FANTABULOUS DIWALI 2011.
Last year i have started my post with this jinulive under the topic My Onam Celebration 2010 and i am glad to share my wishes for the second time continuosly.
Hridhayam Niranja ONAASHAAMSHAKAL.
nairmalyathinteyum pratheekamaya thumbappookkal,
mavelithamburane varavelkunna e sudinangalil …
Ente priya suhruthinu orayiram onashamsakal nerunnu.
Onam Varavayi !!!
I wish you all a very Happy Onam.
Today is Keralites important festival Vishu, let me tell you something about Vishu and the way we celebrated it in our house.
Vishu is a New Year festival celebrated all over in Kerala during the first month of Chingam, the harvest season in Kerala.
The most important event Vishukkani is inseperable from Vishu, the first thing to be seen on the day of Vishu immediately after you wake up.
Vishukkani consists of a formal procedure of arranging items like
- raw rice
- cucumber (should be in golden colour)
- betel leaves
- fruits you wish
- val beans
- konnapoo(konna flowers)
- Metal mirror
- coins, rupee notes
- gold and Nilavillaku(lamp)
Some will keep all these in a uruli(vessel).It is a belief that an auspicious kani sight in the crack of dawn on the Vishu day would prove lucky for the entire year. Hence, Vishukkani is prepared with lot of care to make it the most pleasing and positive sight.
Usually Vishukkani will be prepared on the night before Vishu. The elder woman in the house wakes up early and will lit the lamps by closing her eyes.
She opens her eyes to take a look at the golden scene that spreads in front by the reflection from the cucumber, gold ornaments, bronze mirror, kanikonna flower clusters and the image of Balagopala.
After her Kanikanal gets over, she wakes up other family members one by one and guides them to the Pooja Room to see Kani.
The children are brought keeping their eyes covered by her loving hand or a cloth to prevent them from opening the eyes and see the mundane before seeing the divine.
If people have cattle, thodi(Garden) at home means they will take the Kani uruli finally around the house three times.
The elder one in the family will give Kaineetam to the younger ones.
The kaineetam consists of giving money along with betel leaves, Konna flowers, rice and gold where the rice, betel leaves, Konna flowers and gold are returned.
Saddhya(food) is a major part of all Kerala festivals. But for Vishu, Vishu Kanji and Thoran are more important. The Kanji is made of rice, coconut milk and spices.
All types of tastes should be prepared on that day. Many will prepare Veppampoo rasam(bitter), mango pachadi(sour), pradhaman(sweet), pappadam(salt).
If you desire to wish people in Malayalam spell it as “Yende hrudhayam neranja Vishu dhina aashamshagal”.
I wish you all a very Happy Vishu.
Makara Sankranthi is the most celebrated festival of India which refers to the happening of the Sun entering into the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn. In south India, all three days of Pongal are very important whereas north Indians usually celebrate only the second day called Makara Sankranti and Lohri of the north, it is also called Pongal Sankranti.
This is also known as harvest festival. This is celebrated three – four days which starts with Bhogi, the day in which old clothes and materials are thrown away and fired, marking the beginning of a new life.
The second day is Pongal , which coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India. It is celebrated by boiling rice with fresh milk and jaggery in new clay pots. The rice is later topped with brown sugar, cashew nuts, dry grapes etc. The rice is traditionally cooked at sun rise.
The moment the milk boils over and bubbles out of the vessel, the tradition is to shout of “Ponggalo Ponggal! introduces freshly harvested rice grains in the pot and blow the sangu.
The newly cooked rice is offered to the Sun God at sunrise to reveal the gratefulness for the harvest. The Sun stands for Pratyaksha Brahman – the manifest God, who symbolizes the one, non-dual, self-effulgent, magnificent divinity blessing one and all diligently. The Sun is the one who transcends time and also the one who rotates the memorable wheel of time.
During this festival there is a culture of putting Rangoli in front of houses. This tradition is followed mainly because Rangoli is designed using powder obtained by crushing newly harvested food grains; which in turn serves as food to ants.
The third day Mattu Pongal, is meant to offer thanks to the cows and buffaloes, as they are used to plough the lands. Mattu Pongal is intended to exhibit our recognition and love towards cattle and decorate them with garlands and apply kungumam (kumkum) on their foreheads and feed them good food.
In rural Tamil Nadu, daring games such as the Jallikkattu or taming the wild bull or Eruthazhuvuthal are features of the day. Jallikkattu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. This is one of the ancient sports seen in the modern period. Alike the Spanish running of the bulls, In Jallikattu, the bulls are not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not allowed using any weapon.
The one held in Alanganallur, near Madurai, is one of the more popular events. In olden days the game was used by women to choose their husbands. Successful “matadors” were chosen as grooms. Usually the majestic Kangeyam bull is involved in this game, as they are obviously more violent and brawny than any other of its species.
There are three versions of jallikattu:
- Vadi manju virattu
- Vaeli virattu
- Vadam manjuvirattu
The next is the Kaanum Pongal, time for family reunions in Tamil Nadu. During Kaanum Pongal , people visit relatives and friends to thank them for their help during festive season.
In Andhra Pradesh, Mukkanuma, the final day of Sankranthi festival, is celebrated to worship cattle. Mukkanuma is famous among the non-vegetarians of the society why because People do not eat any non-vegetarian during the first three days of the festival and eat it only on the day of Mukkanuma.
If you desire to wish people in
- Telugu spell as Sankranthi Subakankshalu
- Tamil spell as Iniya Pongal dhina nal vazhthukal
- Malayalam spells as Sankranthi ashamshakal
I wish you all to have a very happy thai pongal and Sankaranthi.
The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word “Deepavali which means row of lamps. Deepavali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated with families performing traditional activities together in their homes.
Deepavali is a very exciting and colorful holiday in which homes will be cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that it is believed that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is a belief that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Deepavali is the very favorite festival among kids. During Diwali celebrants wear new clothes, shares sweets and snacks with their family members and friends. Bursting crackers is the very favorite and lovable part for kids during this festival. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too!
Some Indian business communities begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali, hoping for prosperity the following year. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.
In Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day.
May this Diwali brings you all joy, health and wealth and also this festival brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives. May the Diwali light show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace harmony.
�WISH U ALL A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, FANTABULOUS DIWALI 2010.
Navratri is mainly a hindu festival which takes place usually in the beginning of October. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti devi will be worshipped.
The Navaratri festival or Nine Nights festival becomes ten days festival with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami.
It is exciting to note that the household who organizes the golu arrangement and prayers try to maintain their regional ethnicity. Golu tradition is followed primarily in Tamil Nadu in India. While the grown-ups enjoy recollecting their memories of Golu in Tamil Nadu, youth have a chance to take part and learn about Navarathri . This is my mam�s house golu, looks nice na!!!
The total nine nights is splitted into three days for durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
First three days
Durga meaning Power, the goddess is separated as a spiritual force, matha durga is also known as Kali, as she destroys all the sin we do. I personally suggest you join with your parents in worshipping “Ma Durga” at least during this Navaratri time. She will give auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge, and other potent powers for you to cross every hurdle of life.
Second three days
Lakshmi is portrayed as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represents the four ends of human life:
- dharma, the right things we do
- kama – desires
- artha – the wealth
- moksha – the liberation from the cycle of birth and death
. The Mother is believed to secure her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows. She is treated as a giver of spiritual wealth.
Final three days
The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of knowledge, Saraswati. Her four hands represents the four aspects of human personality in learning; mind, intelligence, alertness and ego.
Eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami which is celebrated in Bengal.
Saraswati puja will be performed on the 9th day in some parts of South India. Ayudha Puja is conducted in many parts of South India on the Mahanavami (Ninth) day. Weapons, agricultural implements, all kinds of tools, equipments, machinery and automobiles are decorated and worshipped on this day along with the worship of Goddess.
The 10th day is celebrated as ‘Vijaya Dashami’. Many Schools in south India used to start teaching Kindergarten children from that day onwards. Schools that are closed for Navarathri will be re-opened on this day.
In North India, as the ending ceremony of Ramlila which is conducted during Dussehra, the dummy figuring of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces on the ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day.
Let us pray well, everyone in this world worships power, Durga, because there is no one who does not love and long for power in some form or the other.
We hope that this year Navaratri will gives all of us good knowledge, will power and good wealth.