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Tired after playing Holi!
The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). After doing holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India.
Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. In 2009, Holi (Dhulandi) was on March 11 and Holika Dahan was on March 10. In 2010, Holi was on March 1 and Holika Dahan was on February 28. In 2011, Holi was on March 20 and Holika Dahan was on March 19.
In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. Additionally, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy.
Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating many events that are present in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.
Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. In addition to celebrating the coming of spring, Holi has even greater purposes. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. Furthermore, Holi celebrates many religious myths and legends.
Good news: our fine silver chains have arrived, so now you have even more choice! Whether you prefer the chunky chains or the delicate ones, you can find them all. It also gives you more options when you want to buy a nice pendant and are looking for the perfect chain to match it.
Otherwise: our new silver anklet collection has just arrived. This traditional ornament has a long history.
A first-century CE epic of Tamil litterature called Cilappatikaram ("The story of the anklet") dealt with a woman whose husband was killed while trying to sell one of her anklets to a dishonest goldsmith. The anklets are described in great detail in the poem. Rajasthani women wear the heaviest type of anklets, they are silver and signify tribals adherence. Metal anklets are of two types - flexible and inflexible. The flexible ones, often called paayal, pajeb or jhanjhar in India, are made by tying links in a chain. Subsequently, sonorous bells can be attached to the chain, so that the wearer can make pleasing sounds while walking. The sound was also a reminder for people that there was a woman around, during the times of Purdah. In India, women usually wear 2 anklets, on on each side.
India is a popular destination in December, since the climate is more tolerable... no monsoon, no scorching Desert sun... in Jaisalmer, you actually even need a good coat nowadays! The nights can be pretty cold! It is the first time I spend the "winter holidays" in Jaisalmer. It is animated and busy. A lot of tourists are coming to admire the marvels of the city. A few weeks back, we even had a very rare event occuring in our part of the world. A total moon eclipse, occuring during full moon...
Well... it has been quite an adventure. We opened in October 2011, but the place needed major renovations. Our work started end of November. By mid-December, the whole place had a very different look.
Painting the shop.
Oh! Don't laugh! That is actually my first attempt at painting. But come to my shop and you'll see we did a pretty good job!
Putting up the displays.
These walls used to be white and bare, but not for long after I came in! Now it is gleaming with colorful textiles and lavish silk scarves, pretty thangkas and princely embroidered kurtas.
One happy entrepreneur...
Hard work but work well done... finally!
It has been a long day.