I will first tell you, what I did last year. Because that is what makes this year’s Dasara* more special.
Last year, I had just moved to Netherlands couple of months before Dasara. I was not at all missing anyone or anything from back home. And I don’t play Garba, so overall Navratri is not that a big thing for me.
My mother called me on the day of Dasara, ‘Today is Dasara!’
“I know mom, I have received lots of wishes on WhatsApp.”
“Draw Saraswati on a paper and bow to her.” Saraswati is Indian Goddesses of Knowledge.
“But mom, I am anyway studying for my interview. So I am bowing to knowledge!!”
But still, she insisted that I follow the rituals. I reluctantly agreed and shared a picture of my version of Saraswati to please her (only).
This is year however, my emotions have taken a 180-degree turn! I am feeling so homesick and missing everyone so badly that even Dasara has become a big deal for me! And no one had to
force insist me to do anything. I made my own plan, to celebrate it as we do in India or rather Mumbai, Maharashtra.
When I got up on the day of Dasara like my mom would do, I began to haste around for no reason. I began to clean the house, took bath before preparing food and made my husband to help me and also to draw Sarawati and do her pooja 🙂
That’s the most traditional I can get.
What else? I also prepared Gajar halwa which is not a Dasara special sweet**, but I wanted something sweet so I made it anyway 🙂 It turned out fine if not perfect.
Gajar Halwa by me
Rest of the day, I kept calling and messaging friends and relatives and realized that I am as close to them as I could be 🙂
*Dasara is Marathi version of the name of the festival. A more famous name is Dussehra.
** The sweet that we, Maharashtrian prepare usually on Dasara is Shrikhanda!!
How did you celebrate Dasara?? What was the sweet dish you savored? I want to know so I can try it next time 🙂