Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was super busy. We were celebrating the fall Indian festival of Navratri. Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that is celebrated every autumn. It is observed in various parts of India in different ways but one common theme runs through them all – Navratri is celebrated in honor of the divine feminine. During Navratri the feminine incarnate is worshipped and revered and women and girls play a central role during this time. Mother nature, arts, education, strength, and the power of good over evil are all rejoiced in the feminine form. For more information on Navratri and how it is celebrated all over India take a look at these links. Celebrating the Power of She in the festival of Navratri. Navratri Celebrations.
We were invited to four Navratri gatherings this year, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. It was a busy weekend of socializing and eating 😀😋. Here are a few pictures of our Navratri celebrations with family and friends the way it is observed in the southern state of Tamilnadu with a Golu display and the sharing of musical and artistic talents. For more information on Golu take a look at this link Celebrating Navratri Golu.
Saturday Early Evening. Visit with Uma and Kavni and a look at their Golu display.
Saturday Evening Dinner and Golu Viewing at Gowri and Ankita’s
Gowri had prepared a scrumptious vegetarian meal for the evening.
I found out on this evening that my cousin Meera and Gandhi share the same October birthday!
It was a lovely evening spent with family and lots of girls 👭👭💕🥰.
Sunday afternoon lunch and Golu at Meera, Anika and Kamya’s
A vegetarian feast prepared by Meera was healthy and delicious 😋.
On this afternoon we also got to hear the musical talents of both kids and adults.
Left a beautiful and relaxing Navratri lunch at Meera’s with goodie bags filled with bangles!
Sunday Evening Navratri Golu at Veena’s
I saw the most unique floral art created by Veena at her Golu this year.
A vegetarian feast prepared by Veena was as scrumptious as ever!
Got to go home with more goodie bags for all the gals 💕💗.
Veena’s brass urns with floating blossoms and candles were looking ethereal as we said goodbye to a beautiful evening.
This was a wonderful Navratri weekend, a joyous and colorful celebration of the female form.
by Courtney Kane
there is depth in me that is
much like the sea
and on days of my greatest gleam
i am the woman who manages
what some may say is the impossible
a son, a daughter, i have them all
and nothing prevents me from
keeping them calm, in great winds,
in the roughest rain,
the sight of my eyes, the searing pain
of life’s hard road,
it all builds to a glorious strength,
the strength of the women before me,
it is the depth of a worldly woman.
Celebrating the power of She in the festival of Navratri.