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February 14, 2014

Sorry I cannot write about a funny valentine or otherwise for the simple reason -we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day. Of course, for some years now, this day has become popular, so much so that now an entire week is dedicated to the Valentine.                                                                                                                                               In India, we dedicate an entire season to love. It begins with Basant Panchami that marks the end of the winter. The fields are golden with flowers of the mustard plants and landscape is dotted with flowers of every hue and the animal kingdom wakes up from hibernation.The trees shed their older and unwanted leaves in preparation for the summers ahead. The weather is just right for walks and enjoying outdoors.                                                                                                                                                                                           Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning is worshipped to make an auspicious start. The wedding of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati is celebrated in this season. Goddess Parvati is Shakti who reincarnated several times and each time She married Lord Shiva. Together Shiva- Shakti are two halves of a whole- the Ardhnarieshwar .    DSCN0283 Kamdev played the cupid in their marriage. Young girls worship Lord Siva by fasting on Mondays (the God’s day) for a perfect husband and married women worship Goddess Parvati for the long life of their husbands.                                                                                                                                                                                  The season ends with the Festival of Colors, Holi. This is the celebration of love of the divine lovers- Radha-Krishna. Symbolically, one colors the other in his/her color.DSCN0779


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  1. Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  2. Fantastic. Celebrating an entire season to love. That sounds wonderful. And it sounds so logical, too! For many (most) areas in the US, Valentines Day here has been co-opted by Hallmark Cards, clothing stores, and jewelry stores and you name it. It’s all BUY BUY BUY! That co-opting happened decades ago. It’s sad, but true. Here in much of the US, seasons are not celebrated as much as quarters; financial quarters, that is.

    • It has become a commercial world. The warmth has gone out of celebrations of any festival. The community festivals are now celebrated individually. What was once a time for getting together and singing and dancing and feasting on home -made delicacies and simple gifts is now bursting of crackers, loud DJs, booze, catered food (unfortunately most of it wasted), expensive gifts. A real bank-breaking event for many but one has to do as others do.Oh for those simple days!

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