Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sweet Tidings

Sweet Tidings

Continuing from yesterday’s post on Raksha Bandhan, the 'Sweet' theme for this month at NaBloPoMo, of here is an image of the band that is tied on the brother’s wrist. It’s called ‘Rakhi’ I managed to get just one image, but in the days preceding this festival, the shops display a myriad collection. Some are even handcrafted. Each one is a labor of love and fine art.

Ah! I forgot to mention the gift the sister receives in exchange for this honor. I pity the brother who has several sisters! How ‘sweet’ that is?

This day also coincides with a festival called ‘Nariyal Poornima’ Nariyal meaning coconut and ‘Poornima’ is full moon day. It is mainly celebrated in Western India along the coast line where coconuts are in abundance. At this time of the year, it’s almost the end of monsoon; the skies are clearer, sea is calmer and hence the fishermen whose livelihood depends on the sea are ready for business.

And yes, here comes the sweet dish that is synonymous with the festival - ‘Narali Bhat’ (coconut rice). The recipe will follow soon.

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