Durga Puja – Rio Carnival of the East

Events & Experiences

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

“She can move darkness” 

Most important part of the year for a Bengali has arrived. Oh great Mother, we welcome you on this earth whole heartedly. May your arrival destroy all the negativity around us. 

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

For me, the feeling of Durga Puja is incomparable to any other time of the year. It’s a 10 day long celebration filled with delicious food, new clothes (hello, new saris!), aartis and pujas, and being surrounded by your family and friends. Can’t wait to immerse myself into the Godly embrace 🙏🏻 (Excitement creeping in ❤️😁)

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

📸 – Shekhar Jajodia

Let’s proceed with the assumption that you know what Durga Puja is about. For those who have no clue, it’s the worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga and her children, whose idols are hosted in the makeshift Pandals for around five days. Let’s proceed..

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It won’t be entirely an exaggeration to say that Bengalis world over spend a significant amount of their time planning and deciding what to do during the Durga Pujas. Most of them wear multiple sets of clothes – mind you, there’s a morning outfit and an evening outfit, plus emergency backup outfits. And of course, there are important decisions to make – like what to eat on which day. From the warm khichudi, papad bhaja as bhog in pandals to the street stalls set up to serve delectable dishes like egg rolls, kobiraji and mughlai parota, you are game to feast on anything and everything.

So prior to the pujas, the air is absolutely thick with a feeling one gets just before the starting, the unravelling of something extremely huge — the feeling you get just before reaching the peak of a much awaited climax.

You will get to see sweaty Bongs, who under the twelve o’clock sun, sits in an auto patiently stuck in a huge traffic jam in the heart of a buzz-filled street, clutching onto innumerable bulging shopping bags of different shapes and sizes. This is called Puja shopping.

It is a reverberating rhythm which amplifies and resounds in the sounds of the dhak. It’s a feeling. You can not only hear it, but feel it — you get goose bumps when the dhakis first begin to play their beat. The city reverberates with the echo of conch shells, which is no less than a divine feeling.

Durga Puja is actually, the celebration of ‘life’ and the joy of ‘living’ more than anything else. Durga Puja becomes an expression of the city itself. It is almost that the city bursts into laughter during these few days.

Durga Puja 2017, Bahrain

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I look forward to celebrating Durga Puja with you.

Till then, in the words of my great grandmother, Dugga Dugga.

Easter Weekend – Fun-filled activities and Egg decorations

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Totally into Easter mood!!! Team ‘The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa’ really knows how to host a party! Thank you for having us and be part of the festivities..🐰🥚Tried some fun-filled activities and Easter decorations to make it a memorable event for LO.

Easter is such a fun holiday and mine was extra special this year because I got invited to share it with some wonderful people. I love Easter…it means the beginning of Spring, it’s such a happy, bright holiday, and it also means that Cadbury Creme Eggs are out in stores 😉

This is her second Easter. She was happy to run around with the kids during their egg hunting competition.

He certainly didn’t make her too happy..

Some serious egg hunting going on around the pool area

 

Y’all see that giant cake right?

While kids were busy looking for the eggs, mothers participated in egg decoration

 

Little Show Stoppers

Once you’ve tasted these divine Easter treats, you’ll be wishing Easter came more than once a year. From festive bunny chocolate, fruity desserts, and other yummy treats we went happily digging until we were satisfied.

Even if we don’t celebrate the religious aspects of the holiday, we appreciate the chance to gather with friends and loved ones and spend some quality time with them.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog. Whether you arrived by chance or with the intent of reading my Easter post, it doesn’t really matter. I’m glad you’ve taken the time to experience my site in any case!

xoxo

Sanchali