Friday, April 11, 2008

“A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.”

Every parts of India its celebration time as ‘New Year’ with the harvesting season and what not.
All, I remember is celebrating with food and sweets :)

It reminds me the poem written by William Arthur Ward….

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

I would like to wish everyone a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.
And to those its Vishu – Happy Vishu …:)

During Vishu you get money from elders as blessings ;) isn’t that fun!!!! I remember saving lot of money that I used to get but hesitated to spend as I thought my parents will scold me …lol

What is Vishu? I have always heard stories and read articles so there are various stories depending on the region of Kerala State. Some what I heard as a kid ;)

Once the custom of Vishukani gets over, people take a dip in the holy water or take bath at their home and visit nearby temples to offer prayers. To celebrate the festival of Pooram Vishu, (as commonly called in Kerala) people of Kerela wear new clothes specially worn on auspicious occasions. People of Kerela multiply Vishu celebrations by traditional singing and dancing. They also burst firecrackers. Then its time for lavish meals. Women prepare sadya (feast). These are special dishes prepared using jackfriuts, mangoes, pumpkins and gourds hmmm mouth waters as I write :D.
The best part is Payassam (porridge could be of rice or made of rice called ada etc), Malayalam feast is an equal proportion of all tastes!

Gosh, I got lost in it …as I describe…but this year few friends organizing this ‘sadya’ unfortunately I wont be there to enjoy as I will be in Lake Tahoe.

Well my dear friends I will be away so have a great one you all

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”


Sunil said...

Hi Dawn,
How are you? How's life?

Happy New Year to you too.

The poem is too good.

May you have infinite happiness and success this year.

Have a nice time. :)

Cyberkitty said...

Happy New Year to you to!! Long time since I last received money from elders....

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi dawn
lovely poem..
lovely thoughts..
let it spread far and away..
cheers to new year !

Dawn....सेहर said...

sunil: I am doing great dear and thanks for feels good :) Hope you are doing as great as you sound here!
Thank you for the wishes and I wish you the best

cyberkitty: Thanks dear and same to you too! You are right its been long time....:)

anamika:the sugarcrafter: I am glad you liked it- thanks so much and I wish the best for you too dear

Shiva said...

Hope you also had a great new year!

I realize that every part of India, the day is celebrated as the new year to mark the harvest and prosperity. Vishu or Magar Shankranthi or Chithirai in Tamilnadu etc. Strangely Tamilnadu Govt has changed the Tamil New year from this day to Jan mid. Wierd!

Ada pradhamai:) - mouth-watering..

krystyna said...

Thank you for that beautiful /and jummy too/post and pics!

Cheers to a new year!

Dawn....सेहर said...

shiva: You are right dear its celebration time all over! Ada prathaman is my favorite too :)
Thanks for the wishes dear.
God bless you

krystyna:Thank you dear and same to you too. with love always

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