Saturday, September 11, 2010

Eid Mubarak and Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi

The newspaper says that it is very rare that these two festivals fall on the same day and this year, these two festivals fall today. Let us wish this year brings in prosperity to each and every one of us.
While growing up, I remember my star birthday also coinciding with Vinayaka Chathurthi, that means double fun and celebration. Appa and I (and sometimes sis too) used to go to the market the morning of Ganesh Chathurthi with a palagai (on which mom would have put ezhai kolam), buy a clay Ganesha, scout for a Pillayar Kodai throughout the market (It was difficult to spot shops selling pillayar kodai in our town), buy the other stuff in the list Amma would have given, and do a careful ride back home (careful, because the clay in the pillayar should not rub off on Appa's shirt). We would then decorate the Lord aith the arugampul maalai, another maalai whose name doesn't come to my mind now, and once the neivethyams are ready, Appa would do a pooja of the Lord and then we would sit for the feast that Amma would have toiled upon since the early hours of morning. A holiday is incomplete without a nice siesta after a sumptuous lunch.
Now, post marriage, I get to help Mil in the kitchen in preparing Kozhakattais (both sweet and salt), appam, vadai, payasam in addition to the regular meal. This year, we brought home clay made Lord Ganesha and SB performed the pooja. We made all the above stuff for neivedhyam and offered our prayers to the Almighty.
Being with my brother during Eid in 2006, I also got to know the rituals that are followed during the holy month of Ramadaan and got to taste the Sevvaaiya that is prepared on Eid.
Lord Vinayaka, as we all know, is the Lord who clears obstacles in anything and everything. Thats the reason why He is worshipped first in every pooja or homam in the hindu culture. May the Lord remove all obstacles and bless us abundantly this year.
Also would like to wish our car a very Happy Birthday. SB bought this car on the day of Lord's birthday in 2003 and I would like to thank our car which has served us all these years and is a part of our familty too. TI, you have kept us safe and sound under your roof and I'm grateful to the Lord and to you.

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