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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Thank You, Anu

My friend Anu hosted a wonderful Navratri get-together for our mom's group. Her parents were there and her mother had set up a lovely gollu. It was so nice. I had a great time.Navratri is my favorite holiday and it's so wonderful when you get to participate in it with other people. … [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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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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My Navratri 2015

I have a very good friend who is Gujarati and she invited me to join her and her fiance at a Gujarati Samaj event in our area. I didn't know about this organization. I'll have to learn more about them and maybe go to more events. This was a huge event, a garba dance for Navratri.We all got dressed up and went out for Indian food (to fit the theme). Then we showed up at the dance where there were HUNDREDS of people dancing in a beautiful and wild circle. I adore the chaos and the energy of … [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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Saraswati: Everything You Need to Know

For Navratri this year (2014), October 2nd is the day to worship Saraswati...Saraswati (Saara-swa-ti) is the Goddess of art, music, philosophy, creativity, wisdom and learning. She is the consort of Brahma. Why Worship Saraswati* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Saraswati It is good to pray to Saraswati before tests or when seeking to become knowledgeable about something new. She gives blessings to people in pursuit of knowledge or … [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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