It’s time for my share of Sugarcane, Melagu vada , Paniyaaram and Chakra Pongal. These days whenever I think of festivals, the first thing that pops in my mind is the sweets and savories that are made for the special day. Mom doesn’t make the same sweet for all festivals. If it’s Pongal, you have the Paniyaaram and Melgau vada. If its Diwali you have Ladoo, Gulab Jamoon, Coconut Burfi. For New Year she makes this special kind of Halwa, which just melts in the mouth. Yummy!

More than the spirit of celebrating the festival, what makes me feel excited is, celebrating the spirit of being together, having fun and spending time with our dear ones. It gives us a break from our monotonous routine and gives us the gift of time, to sit and relax and have a casual chat with our family.I remember what my Grandpa used to say about his childhood memories of these festivals. I used to listen to his stories on how he used to celebrate it with his siblings and cousins and how being in a joint family, they were able to mingle well with all their cousins, aunts and uncles and it was obvious that their bonding was really close. The games that were played, the movies that were watched, The huge terrace and the compound wall where they all played, were all close to their heart, for everything second was a moment to treasure.

Today, celebrating Pongal  at home are Me, Mom and Dad.

Except for My Grandma, my cousin and one of my aunts, most of my relatives are abroad. My dad grew up in a Joint family and till date he maintains contact with all his cousins. When they get together and speak of the days gone by, I can’t help but feel jealous of how they had the chance and the time to mingle. I don’t mean to say that I’m not in touch with my cousins. The Cuppu Family is one big family and I am in touch with most of my cousins, but mostly only through Gmail and Facebook. But Still, I am in touch with them.  Before, we cousins got together during our Summer Holidays. We made family trips to many different places. We were young then. But now, everyone is grown up and settled in different parts of the World and meeting everyone in person at one place is not possible. Even if it is, it happens just once in a few years at a wedding probably.

In a way I’m happy. At least I get to mingle with my cousins and other relatives when we can. Thanks to our parents and grandparents who made sure that the bonding they shared was carried on by the next generation, we never find it difficult to get along.

Once when I told a friend that I was going for a get together, she asked me the occasion. I said, it’s been long since we all met and so we are all meeting up. She just couldn’t understand why we meet up just to catch up with others. The Absence of a concrete reason was bothering her.

Thank God, I don’t look for reasons to meet others.

Coming back to Today’s Pongal  celebrations, Take a look 🙂 

Melagu Vada

Paniyaaram

Chakra Pongal

Paysam

Amma’s Kolam

My attempt @Kolam 🙂
I had a great time today. Hope you had a great time too 🙂