Holi 2017 [Hindu Holiday]

One of Hinduism most fun and inclusive holidays is coming up: Holi!I say inclusive because it's probably the best holiday for inviting new people and including friends of any religion or background. It's a joyous and riotous celebration of spring.Holi is all about bright colors, laughter, and friendship. What's better than running up to a friend and throwing colored powder all over their hair?In fact, holi traditions are so much fun that holi powders are now being used in a lot of … [Read more...]


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Mahashivratri 2017 (Hindu Holiday)

This year Mahashivratri (Shiva's Great Night) will be Friday February 24th.For me this is the first big holiday of the year and Shiva is the God I am most connected to (my ishta devata, if you will), so it's very meaningful for me. I'm not totally sure how I'll be celebrating this year. The bhajan group I used to go to usually has an event at someone's home. I'm still on the mailing list, even though I haven't gone since Garrick Ravi was born, so I may try to do that. I will do a fast during … [Read more...]


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Hindu Holidays 2017

There are other  Hindu holidays, festivals, and events, but these are the ones that we celebrate in our family. Click the name to learn more about how to celebrate each one. Here I'll be talking about my crafts, preparations, and plans.Maha Shivaratri February 24th (Friday) This year I have my own Shiva Lingam (okay I did already have one but it is so small it is barely the size of my thumb). I'll be putting to use this year my new found knowledge on how to worship … [Read more...]


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Diwali 2016

Diwali (also called Deepavali) is here early this year! It is in fact this weekend, at the same time as Halloween.I'm not sure we're going to do anything for it this year. I haven't even put up my lights! For weeks I've been telling myself to get them up but it just feels too hard. I guess having an infant is a pretty good excuse.I want to go to the events happening at the nearby Kali temple, but by the time I found out about them we already had plans to visit my mother-in-law.So … [Read more...]


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Navratri 2016

Tomorrow is the start of fall Navratri. This is honestly probably my favorite holiday. I'm not sure why, I just really connect with it.Unfortunately this year I missed both Krishna Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi. As I've said before, it's hard to keep on top of when holidays are when you're living in a community that doesn't share your religion. Also having a new baby has made it hard to keep up with a lot of things in life!So a happy Navratri to you and here are some posts from … [Read more...]


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Got My Holi Afterall

Holi was very late for me this year, but I'm glad I didn't miss out completely! As I mentioned before, my baby shower happened to be on the same day as the big Holi event in this area. It's a little sad to me that you have to find an event and go to a location to participate in Holi. I do wish it was more all around and something you encounter as soon as you walk out of your house. But it is what it is and most years I make the trip to the ISKCON temple that puts on a great event.This year I … [Read more...]


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No Holi For Me This Year

Today is Holi!It's one of my favorite holidays (see lots of information about it here), but no opportunity for me to celebrate it this year, sadly. It's tough when the rest of the world around you is not celebrating something. Particularly a community celebration like Holi.Almost every year I've lived in Maryland I've gone to the Potomac ISKCON temple near D.C. for their huge Holi event. But this year I accidentally scheduled my baby shower for the same day as their event! I had no idea … [Read more...]


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Mahashivratri 2016

I hate when blogs do this but I'm going to start with an apology! I've clearly been struggling to keep up with my writing and I feel deeply guilty about that. I think about you guys every day and try to get myself to the computer. But I've been having a lot of trouble with low energy. I'm fine and the pregnancy is good but it's still challenging and I had no idea how hard it was going to be to focus enough to write. I'm going to try to commit to doing two posts a week until I can get back to my … [Read more...]


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Navratri Holiday Party!

It was a hectic week last week. Had to do a lot of work to make sure I've got health insurance in the coming year. But I think we've done it! I'm so grateful to my friend Sarah who helped me every step of the way, even bringing her two little kids to the health office so I could get signed up in person. But today it is time to celebrate. Brad's school is having their holiday party and I'm so proud of him that for the winter holiday party he and his class decided on a Navratri theme. Okay, … [Read more...]


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