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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My Navratri Golu 2015

First of all I wanted to give a quick update about the health insurance. A friend of a friend got us in touch with an insurance broker and so she'll be able to get us insurance starting in the new year (Jan 2016) and we'll never have to deal with MD Health Connection again with any luck. The broker said she's heard many, many horror stories and a lawyer friend said he wouldn't be surprised if there was a class action lawsuit against them at some point. Okay, on to the fun stuff. I did a … [Read more...]


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Get Ready for Navratri!

Another one of my favorite holidays, it's almost Navratri time. The festival starts October 13th and goes for nine days until October 21st. One of the traditions that I love most is the Southern tradition of collecting and displaying of golu (of kolu) dolls. It's like a Hindu version of doing a Christmas village, which is such a fun way to dress up your house for the special occasion.Traditionally what you do is get a series of steps in an odd number (3, 5, 7, 9, or 11) and put your murti … [Read more...]


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Happy Navratri!

Today is the first day of Navratri 2014. I'd like to point out that my little puppy dog decided to participate this year and added her bone to my golu display: Here's the whole Golu... This year I didn't have a chance to put on a whole theme and make a village scene, etc. We just bought a house two weeks ago and I've been super busy getting it ready to move in! (Which happened yesterday!) The Madam Alexander bride and groom dolls were a wedding gift from Brad's aunt. As soon as I saw them I … [Read more...]


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The Biggest Golu Displays

Golu/Kolu doll displays for Navratri are a South Indian thing and I've become connected to the tradition because nearly all the other Hindus I know are South Indian and most of the communities are participate in are South Indian.I love this tradition. I love having something to collect and a purpose for it. I love thinking up themes and displaying my collection. I look forward to someday sharing this tradition with my children and having them help me pick themes and make dolls.Today I … [Read more...]


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Make Your Own Golu Dolls

I'm a big crafter (as you can probably tell)! The techniques I've been working with the longest are crochet and knit. If you're a crocheter like me, you can easily make little figures for your Golu doll display using the technique called amigurumi (a Japanese style for making little figures of all kinds).There's no end to the possibilities. You can make anything with amigurumi technique! Here are some examples (click the pictures to go to the free … [Read more...]


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Navratri Golu Theme Ideas

Navratri starts on the 25th of this month, so now is a great time to start working on my favorite part: The Golu Doll Display!The fun part and also the challenging part of creating your golu display is thinking up your theme. What dolls, figures, and scenes do you want to create?This is a great activity to do with children (as long as they aren't handling figurines too delicate for their age!) and you can tell stories about the dolls as you arrange them or let your children add their … [Read more...]


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Collections and Storage

What is it about collecting things? It seems like human beings just love to gather and collect sets of things. I see the video games and board games I play take advantage of this instinct. There's something so satisfying about having a selection of related things, whether for a practical purpose (like those head scarves we've been talking about this week!) or decorative.I enjoy gathering things, putting them together, planning for new things to add. It makes me feel warm and comforted. I'm … [Read more...]


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Collecting Golu Dolls

My mom and my dad's sisters collect Christmas figurines.  Manger scene figures to create Christmas scenes in December. It can be nice for adult sisters and sister-in-laws to have collectibles that make for easy gifts. Relatives who aren't too sure what you might want, know they can always get you a new figure for your tableaux.The figurines expand well beyond the traditional baby in a manger with parents and some angels and wise men. There are whole houses and villagers and farmers and … [Read more...]


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