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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Indian Flag

Indian Flag - Tri Color Rangoli
THE NATIONAL FLAG OF INDIA is in tricolour ( TIRANGA) of deep saffron (Kesari) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom.
The saffron color in the flag stands for courage, sacrifice and the spirit of renunciation; the white, for purity and truth; and the green for faith and fertility.
On the occasion of this historic day for our Nation I created our National Flag with Tri- Color Rangoli.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gudhi Padwa Tips!!

Gudhi Padwa Special !!

Gudhi is raised on the Maharashtrian New Year Day. Raising the Gudhi early morning of Gudhi Padwa marks the beginning of the Marathi New Year. It is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month in the lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

The Gudi is made of neem leaves, gaathis (Sweet made of jaggery), a copper pot, a piece of cloth and a long wooden stick.

With Gudhi Padwa just around the corner and you are gearing up for a fun celebration with friends and family. But you are still wondering how to make it special and different from last year. Here are a few tips to make your Gudhi Padwa creative and homely! You can make miniature models of Gudhi and hang it on the curtain rods or near the showcase in living room or keep at your desk at office or home. Also you can keep next to Devghar (where god is placed)

Method to make a Miniature Desk Gudhi:

1. Take a small Bamboo or stick or straw or pencil.

2. Wrap the decorative ribbon on it.

3. Tie a small piece of decorative cloth at one end of the stick like a flag.

4. Place a small copper or silver or steel or brass pot on top of the Gudhi.

5. Place a garland of flowers on the top and decorate with neem leaves.

6. Then tie the sweet made of jaggery i.e. called gaathis on the stick.

Draw Beautiful Rangoli designs: There is nothing more auspicious than waking up in the morning and decorating your doorstep to welcome your guests for the day.

Decorate your house: You can put flowers toran on the main door.

Make different sweet, drinks and dish (chitra month special) :

Sweets form an integral part of every Indian festival.

You can also make Chaitra Month special recipes like

Spend a little! Gudi Padwa is considered as an auspicious day to buy new articles for your homes. Let the feeling of prosperity seep in!

Make gifts at home: The main thing that separates handmade gifts from the gifts bought from stores is the thought behind it. Make your own personalised gifts for your loved ones and they will definitely appreciate you for the hard work and love that you have put into the gift!

Wishing you all a Very Happy Gudhi Padwa!!

Happy Marathi New Year!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Makar Sankrant Creativity

Makar Sankrant Creativity

In states like Maharashtra, which are located in the western part of India, people exchange tilgul (made from sesame seeds and jaggery).While exchanging tilgul as tokens of goodwill, people greet each other saying, 'Tilgul ghya, goad goad bola (Accept these tilguls and speak sweet words).'This custom represents the thought that we should forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities, resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends.Married women folk apply haldi kumkum on each other's foreheads. During this period, women specially wear black.So some ideas to celebrate Sankrant in a creative way 1. You can give Tilgul in a decorative box:
I have made a box of golden color and have arranged tilgul vadi in it as base layer and on that I have put white halwa
2. Makar Sankrant Special Rangoli:
As it's Makar Sankranti I have used white and black color combination for rangoli to grace the occasion.
3. Makar Sankrant Haldi Kunku Rangoli: Sankrant Haldi Kunku is a special day for the women in Maharashtra when married women are invited for a get-together called ‘Haldi-Kumkum’ and given gifts. As it's Makar Sankranti Haldi ~ Kunku I have used yellow color of Haldi and Red color of Kunku to design the rangoli.
4. Makar Sankrant Tilgul Ornaments:
Hindu women andkids wear ornaments made of 'Halwa' on this Sankrant Day.
5. Makar Sankrant Haldi Kunku Vaan: Women on her first haldi ~ kunku after marrige on Sankrant gives the haldi kunku and halwa packs/flowers to other ladies.
6. Tilgul Packing ideas:

6. Flowers: Some women's give flowers on haldi~kunku day