Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy New Year.........

It's time for another celebration at every Bengali household. Yes, its time for a new year celebration. According to the Bengali calendar which starts on third week of April it marks the dawn of a new year. Lord Ganesha is worshiped on this day. There are certain communities who have only vegetarian food throughout the month of march till mid of April. On this day mostly people wear new clothes, offer their prayers and yes, have lot of food.

As a child we heard a lot of stories form our elders regarding the observation of this day. They say on this day people who are in to business close their current accounts book and start a new one. . In earlier times, people used to have only vegetarian food during the month of March since they believed that many air or water borne diseases could be avoided. The tradition still continues in certain households. Children of the household seek blessings from the elders of the family. i can proudly say this tradition still continues.

As a child we used to pine for this day. New clothes along with mouth watering delicacies made at home were awaited for. I miss the sound of conch shells, the incense sticks, the aroma of the food and the love and adulation showered by our elders.

Well i certainly cannot the recreate the environment but yea i can prepare some cuisine. I can call up near and dear ones and wish them a happy and a fruitful year ahead. While i plan some dishes i would like to wish all the people a very 'Happy New Year'. Enjoy!!!!!!!

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