Thursday, November 04, 2010

Fourteen for the Forefathers

On the eve of Diwali and Kali Pujo, Bengalis remember their ancestors by lighting 14 lamps, prodip in Bangla. It is also customary to have Chhoddo Shaak, 14 varieties of greens on your plate this day.

IMG_2479 Since greens make a pocket in my throat, I settled only for the lights.

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Traditionally clay lamps lit with oil or ghee are lit in the evening to remember the dead. I am challenged though, cannot remember the names of my ancestors beyond my Grandfather who is no more. I quizzed my husband and he too did not fare too well. I had to know, as I am part of his family too.

IMG_2488 IMG_2480 IMG_2477 What do you do on the eve of Diwali?

I am joining the Diwali party @ The Key Bunch’s Diwali Dhamaka.

More Diwali-related photos from PreeOccupied are here.

15 comments:

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy Diwali!

Scribbler :) said...

happy diwali, Pree. Looking forward to see your diwali decor too :)

As for me...frantically looking for a chalk, as I dared to think of doing my first rangoli this year. I think I will end up doing a smiley as my rangoli design :)

shooting star said...

happy diwali, the photos are nice!!!.....
went thru all ur pics of diwali on FB and really liked ur decorations ideas

Sayantani said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family Pree.

Priya said...

Wishing u a happy and prosperous diwali.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Wish you a very happy Diwali, Pree.

Jaya said...

Pree,
Wish you a very happy and prosperous Deepawali and Kali Pujo..we too had lighted 14 prodeeps yesterday but cant imagine getting 14 shak,nearly impossible here in this part of the world :-)..hugs and smiles

Arundhuti said...

Wish you and your family a happy and safe Diwali!

Soma said...

Happy Diwali Pree to you and family!

ei riti ta ami bhulei gechilam. onek bochor pore monay korale.Thanks

Satrupa said...

Dear Pree,

A very happy Diwali to you and your family. May this festival bring in prosperity and happiness to everyone !

Cheers,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

aipi said...

Wishing u and ur family a safe,happy and prosperous diwali Pree..

US Masala

GB said...

Diwali ki hardik shubhkamnaien...

Rekha said...

14 varieties of greens? Oh my! I tooo don't remember my ancestors names beyond my grandparents..:) guess that's how it is with all of us..Have a beautiful Diwali..thanks for being a part of the Diwali Dhamaka Carnival

shooting star said...

hey pree, my dinner dinner post is up on the blog!!!

purplehomes said...

I too lighted 14 diyas as is the practice at my DH's family!