Happy Birthday, Krishna! (Krishna Janmashtami)

Tomorrow is the celebration of Krishna’s birthday!

He is said to have been born at Midnight and it is traditional to fast and hold vigil all night, then celebrate at midnight.

Ways To Celebrate:

-Place an image of the baby or child Krishna in a prominent place in your home, perhaps in a cradle or hammock.

-Decorate your home and altar with fresh flowers

-Watch movies or plays about young Krishna’s life (Krishna Leela)

-Set up an obstacle course to reach a pot of butter since Krishna’s favorite activity as a baby was stealing butter.

-At midnight (or wake up early the next day) have gifts, dancing, games, and food.

-Draw footprints showing Lord Krishna entering the home (I did this one year with chalk when I had a concrete balcony to my apartment)

Krishna’s Footprints


Some images for Krishna Janmashtami…

Human pyramid created to reach a high hanging pot set up for the festival

Children are dressed up as Krishna

Krishna Leela

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Recipe for Burfi

(my favorite Indian dessert)

There are a number of different ways to create this recipe. Here is one from http://recipetreasure.com

Besan Barfi (Gram Flour Sweet)

Besan Barfi (Gram Flour Sweet)


  • Serves: 30
  • Skill Scale: moderate
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes


  • unsalted butter – 2 sticks
  • gram flour – 2 cup
  • confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar) – 1 ¼ cup
  • water – ¼ cup
  • cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • pistachio flakes – 1 tbsp


  • Melt butter into a pan
  • Add gram flour into the pan
  • Stir the gram flour on low-medium heat for 20-25 minutes until the gram flour is light brown and you can smell it
  • Add sugar and water to the mixture and continue to stir for 5 more minutes and turn off the stove
  • Grease a baking sheet and evenly spread the mixture on it
  • Sprinkle the cardamom powder and pistachio flakes onto the mixture and let it cool
  • After the mixture cools and sets, cut into 30 even pieces and serve

– See more at: http://recipetreasure.com/2013/07/besan-barfi-gram-flour-sweet/

More About Krishna:

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