Happy Dussehra Dear Friends
Dussehra is one of the festivals that I really look forward to.
My mom shows curd (plain yogurt) and a silver coin, that is to be seen first thing when we open eyes in the morning.This is considered , auspicious.for a good start.
Then papa puts a red sacred thread , mauli on a knife and place it on the Ramayana like this
and then mom gives us a Ladoo with curd as prasad.This year we did not buy ladoo's from the market but prepared them at home.
As a kid I remember My Nana used to take us all to see Ravan dahan.Effigies of Ravana along with Meghnada (Ravana’s son) and Kumbhkarana (Ravana’s brother) are stuffed with firecrackers and set ablaze at night in an open area.My parents bought me a sword made with cardboard or bow and arrow.We used to leave very early so that we could get the best spot but by the time of burning the effigies the area was jam packed and i was unable to see so i used to climb on to my moms lap and when not visible from there too then they made me sit on the top of the car roof.It was the best spot in all terms.My special seat.It was so much fun and afterwards we used to eat samosa's and jalebi.
There is an old saying that Lord Rama loved sweets like Sasakuli, which is now called Jalebi. This is the reason that people celebrate by eating Jalebi after burning Ravana.
Dussehra or Vijayadashami is an important Hindu festival which signifies the victory of good over evil.
I hope and wish that this Dussehra ends negativity and evil within us (biases, prejudices, stereotypes) and marks a fresh new beginning.
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