February 9th, 2020

Me

53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #4

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Week 4 takes me back to one of these drapes that I wore in 2019. 

As I mentioned earlier, Dusshera, is one of the biggest festivals in India and each region celebrates it 9 or 10 days in their unique way. The region I come from, Telangana, begins Dusshera with Bathukamma (= Mother Goddess come alive). Traditionally this is celebrated with decorated towers of flowers and medicinally infused leaves, that are placed in the center of a circle formed by women decked up in colorful attires. They dance around to the tunes of beautiful songs and end it with leaving the flowered towers into a pool of water. 

This is one of the favorite festival for my mom. She loves to make little stacks of flowers, gather them around with what her friends and sisters make, then together dance around to songs. Then they conclude usually with festival food. And the same thing repeats the following day in either one of her friend's or sister's homes. In 2019 my parents were visiting me around the time of this festival and she was missing celebrating it.

Luckily one of the local Indian community that belongs to the same region I come from, had a Bathukamma event one of the weekends during the 10 day festival season. I was super thrilled to take here there. Although we didn’t make the flower stacks, but we got decked up for the event and spent a lot of time meeting friends, dancing, enjoying the delicacies and having pure fun.

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