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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Karwa Chauth – A Very Important Day and Festival for an Indian Woman

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A very important part of  Indian culture is “KARWA CHAUTH ” . Most of the people around the world now know about Indian festivals like Diwali , Holi  but very few people know about Karwa Chauth . Karwa Chauth has been an important part of Indian culture since ages. On this day married  women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands , means they don’t eat or drink anything (even water) on this day until moon rises. Sometimes ,unmarried women observe the fast for their fiances or desired husbands.  As u can see the picture ,women dress up like a bride ,worship Goddess Chauth Mata on this day , Read / listen story behind this day then in the evening when moon arrives, open their fast by worshiping moon .

 

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Weekly Photo Challange:Culture(Festival = Krishna Janm-asthami(Birth day of Lord Krishna)

The festival of Janmashtami is considered a very pious day by Hindus. Lot of bhajan singing, hymn chanting and poojas are performed this day. Devotees queue all the major Krishna temples to seek his blessings. People perform elaborate poojas during the festival. They keep day long fast. Functions and prayer meetings are organised to share the glory of their favourite God. Janmashtami The general pooja process begins early in the morning with devotees giving a bath or abhishek to Bal Gopal’s idol with gangajal, ghee, water, honey and curd. The idol is then adorned with new clothes (preferably in yellow colour), stone or other precious jewellery. Next, the idol of lord is offered bhog, the contents of bhog may vary. Fruits, kheer, pedha, milk, and milk products are made. There are devotees who offer chappan bhog(56 dishes) to Bal Gopal. Thereafter, special Krishna pooja is performed. The cradle containing the divine infant’s idol is rocked, conch is blown. Devotees sing Krishna arti, some people read out 108 names of lord. They get totally immersed in the name and praise of Gopal. After the entire pooja is over, devotees break their fast by having panchamrit. The time of breaking the fast may vary, this is so, because the time of performing pooja also differs from place to place. While some devotees choose to perform pooja at midnight and break fast, others perform pooja in the evening and have food.

Holi Hai !!!! : Indian Spring Festival “Holi”

Significance of Holi in India: For more formal reason behind celebrating Holi is very well written in Wiki :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

For me, Holi is a festival of colors, love, joy, good food, drinks, meeting friends, going wild, challenging our limits, dancing, bringing the evil out of you, doing things you generally do not do on your daily routine, and the things you consider uncivilized.

Who we play Holi with:
Whoever you know, friends, relatives, any one you know, you have met even only onces, twice, thrice, strangers, animals, tree, plant, wall, pet whoever comes on your way – You say “Holi Hai!!!” Which means “It’s Holi” and apply color to their face, through Water on them through either baloon, or bucket or water gun/sprinkler (Pichkari).
On the day of Holi, we visit each other, play holi with them, serve special snacks, even alchohol drinks. If there is any music arrangement, we dance on any bloody track.

By evening, One find himself, fully covered with 100s of different colors. Not able to recognize even himself. There is no energy left, returns back to home.

How the color is removed:
Need to apply lot of mustered oil, or weat floor facial. Once the massage is done, get under the shower and keep trying. Generally the color goes off in 2-3 days and in some cases it takes 7 days.
It’s taken care to use quality colors to avoid skin infection, however in some cases if the skin is sensitive, you pay a little price but it’s not serious.
Ultimately What we acheive: Is simply Fun !!!! Even Enemy becomes friend on Holi!!!

Snacks Time: Nachos with Indian Tadka

My favorite snack

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Traditional Indian Nachos 🙂
1 cup – Besan (Gram Flour)
2 cup – Yellow Moong daal Granulated (split moong beans washed)
2 table spoon Suji (semolina)
1 table spoon oil (vegetable oil)
water
spices (Salt, Red chili powder, Ajwain(carom seeds), Dhaniya(coriander seeds) powder optional)
Oil for frying

Add all the ingredient Mix well, then add water little by little and make a stiff dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes .
Roll using chapathi roller to a thin sheet. Then cut into small pieces, any shape u want . Then prick holes with fork to avoid puffing up while frying.
Let them dry naturally for few hours or all night…n then fry it until golden n crisp.

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