Monday, September 24, 2012

Season's Greetings!

September is the busiest month of the year for us. With three of our most important annual events  more or less occurring this month, life has turned hectic, in its most manic proportions. For one, Abhay birthday is in September immediately followed by Ganesh Chaturthi (the biggest festival of my father’s family) and soon to be caught up by Anantha Chaturdashi (the biggest religious event in my husband’s family). So post Abhay’s birthday, we left for Dharmasthala to attend the Ganesh Chatuthi celebrations at my dad’s ancestral house. It was also a family reunion of sorts and a time to catch up with the family elders and cousins while we also felt a sense a dejavu watching our little ones get excited over those very same things that had once held our fascination too and continued to hold…..until we grew up! Dedicating this post to all my uncles, aunts,cousins, nephews and nieces without whom chauthi would not be the same! J

Since Ganesh Chaturthi is such a big part of our culture down south, I wanted Abhay to learn the story of Ganesha. Though the Amar Chitra Katha series would have been ideal for mythological stories, I didn’t have one handy and therefore found a simple power point presentation on the internet. “"The Story of Ganesha" is short but simple account of the creation of boy from out of mud by Goddess Parvathi  and his metamorphosis into Lord Ganesha. The story also underlines the importance of Ganesha as the remover of obstacles and a symbol of success, while highlighting the significance of Ganesha’s four hands, broken tusk and large ears. Though there are numerous videos on the story of Ganesha for kids on youtube, I found this one just right as it does not overcrowd the mythological tale as too much information may be too complex for their innocent minds. So if your little one is curious about Ganesha….have him look up “The Story of Ganesha”!  Phew! Now with Abhay’s birthday and Ganesh Chaturthi done, we are two down and one more to go this weekend…...and I cant wait for  the hopefully uneventful October! :-)

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