Remembering Brothers on Bhai-dooj

Last night while going to sleep a thought occurred to me, why is it that in our Indian culture we don’t have mother’s day or father’s day? Instead we celebrate bond of brother and sister on Raksha-bandhan and Bhai-dooj.

I’m sure there must be some legend behind why we celebrate Bhai-dooj. But when discussed with elders at home I got this reason and I quite agree to it. They said in our culture parents stay together with children or if I put in a better way we stay with our parents even when we are grown up. Unless, our work requirement makes us to stay apart so, apparently we don’t need days to remember our parents.

While brother and sister are separated after sister’s marriage, so we celebrate their love on these two occasions. Also, these occasions give them chance to meet. Sister visits brother on Raksha-bandhan and brother visits sister on Bhai-dooj.  We celebrate Bhai-dooj on second day after Diwali.

I never thought it in this way that in India we have festivals only for brother-sister relationship.

We sisters understand that our brothers are busy in their life but give us a call sometimes for no reason at all. Just a phone call from brother makes a girl forget all her worries and reassures her of her parents well being.

We sisters always have well wishes for brothers well being and success in our hearts. Our hearts swell in pride on your achievements. Remembering all my loving brothers on this Bhai-dooj and sending love to you all.

Diwali Tales

Happy Diwali everyone!

Diwali is a big affair in India, its fun filled festival reuniting family and friends. From my childhood days Diwali at home meant cleaning and decorating home. Ladies of house  prepared lots of homemade sweets and snacks.

After marriage I helped my Mom-in-law in making lavish spread for Diwali. Gulab-jamun and chandrakala are to name few sweets that we make at home on Diwali. But still I use to miss some of the traditional dishes made by my mom on Diwali.

This year I thought instead of missing and getting sad why not try making them. So this time I made few of her specialties like Moond dal barfi, dahi-vada and green chilly pickle. I felt so good making them and felt even better when it was liked by all in family. Dal preparation are usually liked in my family (moong dal tikki was liked by all too). Here is the image showing that me and my Mil together prepared for Diwali.

diwali food preparations
Diwali food preparations

Bhailis be your own light and make yourself feel special by doing things you love. It’s natural to miss “maa ke hath ka khana” but wouldn’t it be great if we learn to make it our-self too.

My mom-in-law was all smiling when I was clicking pictures throughout the Diwali day. She was like, “I haven’t seen you clicking so many pictures, what’s it with camera this time?” 🙂

My inlaws reached Pune a day before so she didn’t knew about in detail. I explained her that I have to click pictures as I have to share it on Bhaili. It was my MIL who suggested clicking the picture of rangoli as soon as I completed making it before Narayani (my daughter) adds her contribution. 🙂

diwali rangoli
Diwali rangoli

This year I also painted these diyas at home using acrylic colors and giving detailing by 3D outlines.

hand painted diyas
hand-painted diyas

I love it when so many diyas are lit together at Laxmi pujan time, it looks divine to me. There is something with diyas. I just love the light of diyas.

diwali diyas
diwali diyas for Laxmi pujan

I arranged some diyas on big plate along with marigold flowers. It was a simple thing but looked beautiful.

diyas decoration with flowers
diyas decoration with flowers

Along with traditional decoration I also did some contemporary decoration at one corner. Filling bowls and vase with colorful water and sprinkled flower petals and lit the floating candles.

diwali decorations
contemporary decoration

So here is my story of Diwali, what’s yours? Share with us how you celebrated your Diwali.

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