I’m not really big on ceremonies and poojas. Especially since I left my parents home – a good 13 years ago. But now I’m suddenly going all soft. I *want* to do something. Some celebrations, some ceremony – for Goosh. So that he gets to know the festivals and their significance. I dont want the festivals to be ‘just another holiday’ for him. I want to set up some traditions for him. So I rack my brain.. and some more.. but nothing comes up.
At my parents, we’d dress up and go to the temple for every festival. Mom would make some special food. For Dushera, we kids would make a Ravan efigy, stuff it with crackers, and jump in glee as it went up in smoke. And put up flower garlands at the door. No elaborate pooja or rituals or anything.
I felt a twang of dunno what – emptiness – as neighbours, friends, colleagues recounted all the pooja preperations and the cooking they were upto.
So we celebrated in our own little way. I made poori and aloo and halwa for lunch on Sunday itself – coz our company wanted to be the only one open today ie on Dushera day! Am no great cook, but me thinks it worked out fine. HD and I gobbled up enough pooris to feed an army. And Goosh was thrilled with the Halwa.
Today we just read out a lil pooja together – while Goosh squirmed and jumped around and tried to dislodge the temple – and put tikka on our laptops, the cars. And HD cooked pasta for dinner – yay!!!!!!!
Simple. No fuss.
Am wondering if this really counts as a celebration? Or a tradition? This is so NOT the way I want Goosh to remember these festivals.
How do you celebrate festivals? Especially those of you dislodged from your ‘native’ places, your family; those of you caught up in never ending jobs and too little family time?