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Monday 26 October 2020

Sindur Khela – A traditional custom of Bengali woman during Durga Puja

Image source: Vedic Flok


Vijaya Dashmi is one of the most significant Hindu Festivals that is celebrated on the 10th day of Navratri. This festival is also popular as Bijoya Dashami or Dussera in many parts of India. Among various rituals performed during Vijaya Dhasami, one of the most significant rituals is Sindur Khela. This ceremony is performed in Bengal, on the last day of Durga Puja. Bengali married women take part in this festival and enjoy the day a lot. Bengali women mark sindoor or vermillion on the forehead and the feet of the Goddess. After that, sweet is offered to Maa Durga. Then the married Bengali women smudge each other with sindur, and this act is called sindur khela. Based on mythological stories, this ritual will bring good luck to them, and Devi Durga will bless their husbands with a long life.


On this, special day, women dress up in white saree with a red border. Every woman performs arati at first and then smears the forehead and feet of the Goddess with Sindur. The sweets and betel leaves are offered to Maa Durga. After worshiping Devi Durga, the women start smudging each other wish Sindur and then offer sweets to each other. It is believed that Sindur Khela is the representation of women's power for the well-being of her family. These days modern women do not restrict to wearing only red and white saree. You will find Bengali woman in different colors saree to brighten up the festive mood sindur khela. 


The origin of this custom or the proper date and place of the derivation of this ritual is not known. It is believed that this ritual started nearly 200 years ago. The married women of renowned Zamindar houses started this ceremony. As per another story, Sindur Khela is as old as Durga Puja that is nearly 400 years.


With Sindur Khela ends the celebration of Durga Puja In Bengal and the Devi idol with her family taken for bisarjan.

Friday 2 October 2020

Celebrating Birthday In a Unique and Meaningful Ways

How to Celebrate Your Birthday - and Every Day


You are very special, and so is your Birthday. Is there any hard and fast rule for celebrating a birthday by throwing a party, cutting the cake, or getting fucked up in the bar? Certainly not, and there are many other ways to treat you on this special day of your life.


Are you wondering to know why should you celebrate your birthday? And that too every single year? Well, celebrating the birthday does not mean you have to spend a hefty for hosting a party, or other loud activities to celebrate. You can plan something simple like being alone in your house and moving the pages of your album to cherish your childhood memories. A visit to the church, temple, or mosque, can be on your list of things to do on your Birthday.


What does a birthday celebration mean? Celebration means to involve in any celebratory activity, and that too is your way to recognize the fact that you are alive and healthy and living another year. In case you are confused and looking for the best ideas to celebrate your birthday in a better way, then we have some amazing ideas to share. We are sure you will find them worthy of your celebration.


A visit to the orphanage:  There are many unprivileged children in this world deprived of the basic needs of life. What can be the best way other than spending some quality time with them visiting an orphanage? On your birthday, in place of getting a gift, give them gifts, and the return gifts will be their divine smiles for you. The feeling will be a blessed one, and the moments unforgettable for you.


Buy something new as your birthday gift to self: So many things you desire and wish to have in your life. Your birthday is the best day to pamper yourself with gifting self. You might be saving long to buy the dream car or the expensive DSLR camera. Well, it is the day when you can be a little selfish and buy the dream gift for you.


Donating for a good cause: You are a blessed child of this world and have almost everything which you wished to have. But many unlucky people are living in old-age-homes or poor people who remain deprived of happiness. Your birthday is the day to do something noble, and you can do it by donating a sum of money for their care and maintenance.

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Make your portrait: We agree that digital photography changed the concept of portrait-making an old affair. But there is nothing bad if you wish to make your sketch or portrait painted on a canvas. It's possible when you are a good artist, but what to do if not? Simply book an appointment with one of the best portrait artists in your city on your birthday. Get your portrait canvased by an artist to hang it on your walls later. If you wish, you can get your portrait done on every birthday to record the way you are aging beautifully, each year.


Meet your first crush: Can you remember the day when your heart said you are in love? It was a one-sided love from your side, and so you didn’t open up your heart. Still, he/she was your first crush. Time passed and you progressed in life, but is there anything bad if you look back remembering your crush? Certainly not, and you can take the chance to meet your crush and plan a dinner date with him/her. Yes, it will be a friendly association after such a long time for your ex-crush, but it will be a new type of feeling good experience on your birthday.

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Go for Tattoo making: You were planning long to get a tattoo done on your hand or back, but lack of time restricts you. Why not select your birthday as the day to get your tattoo done? Choose the design you desired so hard? It will be a perfect gift for you by you on this special day.

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Blood donation on Birthday: Blood is life, and we all know that. Across the globe, many people die just because of not having the supply of blood. If you are not yet lucky to donate blood so far, then the time arrived when you do it. What can be the best day for you other than a birthday to do this pious job? Trust us, and you will feel good. You will stay assured someday, or sometime your blood will be useful for some other person in need of the same. It will be a unique way to give a gift to someone on your birthday.

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Sign the organ donation form: Like blood, our human organs can also be a useful lifesaver for others when you are not there on this earth. Try to visualize the thing that you left the world but still alive being in the body of other people by saving their life with your organ. Why not visit the nearest organ donation unit and sign the form to promise to donate your organs? What can be the best give other than this you can give yourself on this auspicious day? Getting the opportunity to save other's life is the biggest blessing one can get in life.



Sending flowers and Thank you note: You are successful, established, wealthy and happy in your life. But all that happens to you is magic? Or some people played some role in your life journey so far? We are sure there will be many people who contributed to making you who you are today. Why not on your birthday you thank them for sending flowers and thank you note. It will be the best gift for you when you get their call back. It will make your birthday a special one.


A solo drive: We know that you love to drive or ride, but most of the time, you have someone or the other with you to accompany. So, think differently on this special day and go for a long solo drive or ride to be with you only. Choose a destination outside the city to get a smooth road to ride. A Solo drive allows you to think about what is going on in your life. You make your brain work, to allow some fresh thoughts to come to improve your life. Trust us, a solo drive or ride will introduce you to a new you.

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 Shopping just for you: You are a responsible person and performed all your responsibilities to date with perfection. When you do your responsibilities, you forgot that sometimes there is a need to do something for yourself too. Why not, on this big day of your life, you take the chance to celebrate yourself. You can go out for a day-long shopping and that too just for you. Just enjoy shop hopping and buy some awesome kinds of stuff and that too only for you. It is the day when you have every right to pamper yourself and feel good.


Join a cooking class: You know you don’t cook so well, but why not learn it and surprise your family someday. Grab the opportunity to learn making some yummy dishes that you know your family will enjoy. There is no need to step out of the house as online cooking classes are available to help you learn from home. Enroll in some online cookery classes and learn cooking on your birthday. Try the dishes in the evening family dinner and surprise all.

Go for future reading: Want to know what the future holds for you? One of the most exciting things in life is to get a prediction about your future. You can take an appointment with any of the reputed fortune teller or astrologer of your city and ask for future reading. It feels great when you get a sneak peek about your future, and it guides how you take the steps in life in the coming time. Plan this fortune reading session for your next birthday.

Gift donation: Many birthdays you passed, and you received a bucket full of gifts. Some you used, and some kept unopened for years and kept accumulating. We understand that unopened gifts are not of your interest or use, but many may need it and cannot afford to buy. On this birthday, as a good gesture, distribute such gifts among needy people and some more from your end. You will get blessings from those people, and that will be the best return gift on your birthday.

Visit a cancer patient hospital: Cancer is one such disease that ends up taking the lives of many. A handful can survive the harsh Chemotherapy to return to normal life. The patients lying on the beds of Cancer hospital are unaware of the future they hold. Can you bring some smiles and hope on their face? Yes, you can. Pay a visit to the cancer ward of your nearest hospital and take flowers, cakes, and gifts for them. Cut your birthday cake with these patients. Your presence can be the reason for a smile, even for a day on the face of these patients. Make your birthday a meaningful one with your visit to the cancer hospital.

A visit to your first school: For each one of us, our first school is very special, and so are our teachers. The school is the stepping stone for us to a new world. Why not spend a day with your teachers visiting your school on your birthday. It will be the best surprise for your teachers to see how successful their student is and still remembering them. You can take some lovely gifts for the teachers who taught you the best lessons in life. Cake cutting with your teachers will revive those old days when you used to celebrate your birthday at school with classmates and teachers.

Connect with your friend with whom you lost connection:  Life is so hectic that we hardly get time to stay connected with our old school days friend. Many lost connections because of changing cities for professional or personal reasons. Your birthday can be the day when you can regain the lost contacts with those oldie friends. It can be a phone call, a Facebook chat, or even a video call to revive the old lost connection with friends.

Win your fear: Being human-being countless things make us feel scared. Many of us get scared in the name of the ghost. Some have fear of scuba diving and encountering with the underworld species. Countless more are there with some odd fears in life. Consider your birthday as a new day of birth and take the challenge to overcome your fear by doing the activities you are scared of. Celebrate your birthday by saying no to fear.

Spa therapy for you: Your body is tired because of the hectic lifestyle and needs some pampering. You can plan for a spa therapy taking leave for a day on your birthday. Allow your body to get the soothing massage to rejuvenate the whole body with absolute refreshment. A head massage or pedicure and manicure is a must to add to relax your hand and feet. You can also request aromatherapy as it will relax not only your body but your soul erasing, the pressure of stress on the mind.

 Disconnecting self from all communication: Mobile, laptop, television, video games, and other electrical gadgets keeps us so much occupied in life that we remain under pressure. You want to do something different and unique just for you on your birthday. We suggest you break all lines of communication for a day with all electrical gadgets. Make it a day just for you in absolute silence. There is a need for silence in life to listen to what our heart says. Treat yourself with a day of peace and silence.

Tree plantation Drive: You know that the world is losing its green belt so fast that global warming is coming as a threat to us. Being a sensible citizen of this earth on your birthday you can organize a tree plantation drive in your city, with the support of the forest department. You can distribute plants among people and encourage them to plant at least a tree that day as a birthday gift for you. Such an act will be a different way of celebrating a birthday with purposeful meaning. We assure people will love your concept of celebrating a birthday and adapt the same on their birthday too. 


Contribute to a poor child's 1-year education: Education is the biggest asset in life, and you know that. Can you make a gift for a child who is, deprived of education for being poor? Such an act is considered noble, and we know being a good human being, you will not mind doing that. In place of wasting money just by throwing a party to treat some fellow friends and neighbors, why not contribute it for one child’s education? Such an act of yours on your birthday will make you feel blessed and happy. Trust us, and we assure your parents will also be proud of you and your actions on your birthday.


Reading your favorite author’s book: Are you missing your favorite author’s book? Don’t get enough time to read because of professional work? If that is true, then why not take a break and celebrate your birthday in the study reading your favorite author’s latest book. It will be a great treat for you, and we are sure you will love it.


Go for a blind date:  Are you still a single and in search of your Mr or Ms. Perfect, to mingle? So, far you didn’t get the chance to meet that perfect person who can be your soulmate. Why not take the risk of a blind date on your birthday? If you are lucky, your blind date will end up as the first meeting with your soulmate.


Go for a Solo date to treat the foodie in you: Are you are a perfect foodie? Do you want to get treated with good food surrounding you? If yes, then go for a solo date at one of the best restaurants in the city to enjoy yummy and delicious cuisines. But which date to choose for this wonderful treat? Let it be your birthday and your special day. If you wish, you can also taste the best street foods or even taste different wines at your favorite bar.


Donate food for the stray dogs: If you wish to think differently for celebrating your birthday, then donate for the feeding and protection of the stray dogs. Many organizations work for the wellbeing of the community stray dogs. Your donation on your birthday will be a treat for these dogs who are homeless and need the love of people. Be the reason for happiness for them and make your birthday special.