Monday, September 20, 2010

Ganpati Bappa Moriya! 2010

Wow! It has been over a year since I posted anything on this site. I had stopped contributing since I was finding it tough to think of topics to write about and I had my other food blogs to manage as well.

But I have some commitments I need to meet and this is an apt time for me to bring this blog back to life.

We just celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at our house for a period of 1 1/2 days. My previous two posts from last year gives details for those who would like to learn more about this wonderful festival.

We has around 40 people in all who joined us in celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The kids and the adults included had a great time. Pooja was followed by devotional songs sung by a few of our friends. After that we had a sumptuous feast.

We had planned some activities for all the kids to make sure that they got a refresher course of their culture, religion and festivities. On the to do list for them was making Ganpati idols with play doh, coloring a Ganpati image, lots of stories read by the elders to increase awareness about Lord Ganesha, and a fun game where we blindfolded the kids and they had to place a modak made of play doh correctly on the trunk of Lord Ganesha.

The adults got a chance to seek blessings and also hang out and catch up with each other after a while.

This day reminded me a lot of how we used to celebrate this festival years ago in India at home as well as in our apartment complex with our family, and friends with lots of events and activities daily for 10 days.

Well, if not 10 days, we at least were able to celebrate for a day and a half, for which I am very happy. I am sharing some pictures from the event below.