You come once a year and you bring hopes and new beginnings to many.
We ask for a traditional event and you offer an all-in-one package.
Many celebrate you but disregard the importance of the “sacred” bath …
Your muggus scintillate the eyes of your beholders with all your colours … You want us to take a moment and smile, don’t you?
Many are still ignorant about the meaning of toranaalu, but they still hold you high up by the door … That’s the place you command in our hearts! ❤
Attending morning prayers at a mandiram is just a way to show respect and gratitude to you …
And that’s our culture!
But I know you are warm and big hearted; you don’t disown your kids who don’t make it up to you. A thought for the handicapped and old, for the work slaves and for the poor?
The pacchadi is an appetizer for the days to come. With your 6 flavours, are you a taste of life?
Oh Mother! You do not stop here …
You even forecast our future with the panchanga shravanam. Are you so concerned that you want us to prepare ahead?
What will you be if we don’t celebrate you in a cultural program?
A day by the sea maybe! … 🙂
But we don’t need to cross the sea to celebrate you!
In Mauritius, you take us back to India through your kucchipudi dances, carnatic music and folk songs …
You create memories for the young who celebrate your rehearsals and your choreography …
You are hardship and patience to those who organize your celebrations …
You are family, as you bring us together at night for supper …
Each year, you bring new friends to our lives. Some stay and some leave as you leave too …
But you come back again and again … bringing new opportunities with you and lots of love!
What are you!?
Are you a Public Holiday?
Or … Are you a Culture? A Tradition? And a Celebration?
…. Are you Life?
… Or Are you God?
… Are you Love?
… Or are you Family?
…. And Friendship?
What if you are all of them?
Bring the best of yourself so that I can give the best of myself!
Shri Hemalambi Naama Ugaadi Shubhaakaankshalu!
Happy New Year!
29 March 2017