Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dussehra and Navratri and Fafda-Jalebi

Today is Dussehra the 10th and final day of 9 days festival called "Navratri". This festival is celebrated by different names in different parts of India. In East it's called "Puja" wherein people celebrate and worship the powers of "Devi" or "Durga" the female goddess in Hindu religion.

In Gujarat and neighbouring states the festival spans for nine days ooooppss I should say nine nights wherein people come together and dance to the tunes of folk songs. Wearing traditional colorful dresses watching these people dance is fun and enjoyment. It gives immense pleasure to enter the arena and dance to the beats. Well you may miss in the first try but you won't resist doing it either.

And on the final day prayer and worship is offered to God asking for peace and brotherhood and prosperity. But what's so peculiar about this festival in Gujarat is the food. "Ravan dahan" may also be seen at many places.
The history behind the festival is that on this day (Dussehra) God Ram killed Ravana who had kidnapped Devi Sita, wife of Ram. This day is celebrated for the victory of Good over Evil.

"Fada and Jalebi" worth more than 3 crores are sold on a single day all over city. This name is not unfamiliar for an Indian. And for Amdavadis and Gujju people these delicacies are something to savor upon on this day.
So being a "pundit blogger" I typed "fafda jalebi" in google and came up with this blog have it's name as "Fafda Jalebi"

Well it's these festivals and culture that make India a great country and place to live at. You have each and every moment to enjoy and cherish.


Jigar said...

Arey mo ma paani aavi gayu. It is true that this celebration is unique in our city.

Kanan said...

Happy Dashera to you! :)
Thanks for sharing the photos and the write up. I miss it all a lot. There are jalebis here and once in a while you get to eat fafda but nothing like what we have in Amdavad...

utsav said...

hi dude,
never seen what fafda jalebi is untill now. Only came up with the blog name because of a very enthusiastic colleague I met in a workshop who was bonkers about Ahmedabadi fafda jalebi.
A belated dussera and navaratri to you..

Gandalf said...

How I am longing to eat Jalebi Fafda [:P] yummiee

Anonymous said...

Navratri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava -

Nine and Ratri - nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti female divinity are worshipped

.The 9 nights festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight.
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