May this day mark the beginning of a sweet and
fragrant time for you and your family.
As the days become warmer and longer,
let all the darkness and the cold fade away
and give in completely to the light and warmth
- of goodness, love and positivity.
Today is a day that is marked
with the festivities of harvest,
an auspicious day for us in India.
We Bongs celebrate the day
with 'peethe' and 'patishapta',
(special sweets filled with coconut, jaggery or kheer)
to be relished with generous helpings of
'jhola gur'- one of the treasures of the season.
The unique woven hangings that you see
are handmade by rural women in Bengal with paddy,
the first photo is of one of the artists displaying her work.
We tie them to the kitchen door and wardrobe handles
to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into our homes.
Thank you all for your wishes and blessings.
Keep well, be happy.