Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Yugadi!

Happy Yugadi and Gudi Padwa!

I'm not a very ritualistic person and so my poojas for festivals when in the US were never very elaborate, though I never missed the opportunity to make/have good festival food! This Ugadi though has been different. This is the first we're celebrating as a nuclear family in India. Went to a traditional market yesterday in Jayanagar to shop for mango and neem leaves, flowers and thorana. Decorated the front door with the leaves. Inspired by my neighbors, I even attempted a rangoli with chalk, despite my (extremely) limited drawing ability! Did a pooja, had bevu-bella and of course, had a lovely habbada oota (festival food)!

Here's a peek at our lunch today. (No, I did not make everything. Fresh obbattu from a store, a few dishes came from my aunt). Missing from the picture are the inevitable saaru and mosaru (yogurt).

Ugadi Lunch

Yugadi, as a kid, meant new clothes, bevu-bella and habbada oota! Little M, as usual, did not want to wear anything "pretty" as she calls anything girlie ("please don't make me wear pretty clothes, amma" she tells me!). But she did wear new clothes (the non-"pretty" kind) and was excited about doing the pooja and eating obbattu. Many phone calls received and made, family visiting in the evening, festive air, good food - it felt like the Yugadis of yore. It is especially great for Little M to experience the joy and festivities associated with our habbas here.

33 comments:

Jayashree said...

Happy Ugadi to you and your family, Vani.

Nithya said...

Wish you a happy ugadhi buddy :)

Bong Mom said...

Wish you a Happy Ugadi dear Vani. I love M's attitude :D

Cham said...

Wish u a wonderful Ugadi!

AshKuku said...

Baayalli neeru banthu haagu kannallu kooda..... Belated Wishes.... Take Care & have a blast!!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

indosungod said...

Happy Ugadi! dear Vani.
Of course a great experience for little M.

Sonia said...

Wishing you and your family Happy Ugadi!!! :)

Gita said...

Happy Ugadi Vani :) spread looks lovely and delicious!

LG said...

Vikruti nama samvatsarada haardika shubhashayagalu Vani. Ootada tatte mast ide ri..slurrp :)

Smitha said...

Happy Ugadi!! nothing beats obbattu on Uagadi...not even flowers or Rangoli....Hope M had a great time

Vani said...

Jay, Nithya, San, Cham, ISG, Ash, Sonia, LG, Gita - thank you all for the Ugadi wishes!

Smitha - thanks! hope u had a good one too. I don't think anyone would disagree with your statement of obbattu beating flowers and rangoli, though I don't think anyone else would even have thought of it in the first place! :)

Prathibha said...

Happy ugadi dear...lovely feast..
I agree festivals r boring to celebrate when we r far away from the family...and in Bangalore needless to say this festival is celebrated in a grand manner.....so u stay in Jaya nagar??

sra said...

Have a v happy new year ahead, Vani! Your post made nice reading.

Sush said...

Happy Ugadi to you too. Nice to know that your little one enjoyed the festival. Wish I was in India too :(

Sharmila said...

Happy Ugadi dear Vani! Seems like you have settled in well. That plateful looks awesome! :-)

Anupama Puneeth said...

Happy Yugadi to you & your family !
habbada oota looks yummm :) Festivities outside India is never the same like back home. I missed mom-made obbattu and ofocurse the obbatu saru ...my fav :-)

knitnkanmani said...

yummy

Vani said...

Pratibha - so true. Sometimes, I would not even know it was a festival day unless someone mentioned it to me. That is all gonna change now! Yup, in Jayanagar :)

Sra - A very happy new year to you too! :)

Sush - thanks. hope you had a lovely Yugadi!

Sharmila - I still don't feel that settled in yet. Hope that passes soon! And thanks for the wishes :)

Anupama - festivals are never the same when you are away, right? Thanks for the Ugadi wishes. Hope you have a happy new year too!

Knitnkanmani - welcome to my blog! thanks for the comment :)

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meeso said...

That platter looks yuuummyyyy!

Sunila said...

Very heart warmng Vaans .enjoy.

Pavithra said...

Wow thats wonderful platter ... wish to have this kind of lunch anytime Happy Ugadhi!!!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

happy ugadi Vaani.. :) snap is too tempting.. :)

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Vani said...

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Paromita- thanks! I can't access your profile to get your email. Mine is mysoorean at gmail dot com.

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