Post Makar Sankrat there is a frenzy of activity every weekend in maharashtrian households in Mumbai for almost a month. Its the ladies bonding time. The neighbourhood bustles with women moving from one home to other to attend the Haldi Kunku ceremony.
My friend Jyoti celebrated her first Haldi Kunku. This ceremony is celebrated by married women. They invite other married women for sharing a pooja, some Tilgul and a lot of gossip. Here they apply dots of Haldi/Turmeric and Vermilion/Kunku the symbols of fertility on each others foreheads and build great bonds. In today's Business Schools they teach you about networking who needs it if you just follow traditions. Since it was Jyoti's first the women decorated her with jewelry made from sugar beads. She wore the trademark black saree with golden embriodered dots called Chanderi saree. Its the only time a maharashtrian women wears a black saree for a pooja. They say it absorbs all evil to come ahead in one day and the newly weds stay protected in the future. She had a lot of fun. I do not have pictures of her ceremony but sharing here my haldi kunku.
I did a pooja on Sankrat day and since I have been busy with many things bought readymade Tilgul and Chikki/Peanut toffee, crystal sugar and little packs of Haldi Kunku. Packed it in small plastic boxes, these are gifted as Vaan, auspicious gift meant to bless the ladies and also honor them for being a WOMAN. Then I went to my 3 next door neighbours to distribute it.
Today lets celebrate an online haldi kunku all ya gals reading this, especially my blogger friends.
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