Thursday, September 23, 2010

Harvest Moon

OK, so my favorite season fall has officially begun , though we in west coast do not experience the change in color as dramatic as east coast, it still is a beautiful season where you can fell and sense the change, cold and chili nights are a preview of whats coming in the months.
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Had a chance to go to San Francisco yesterday, was there till late night. As I was walking down to catch my train looked up and here it was moon in its full splendor. It somehow seemed so magical. All I wished was to experience watching full moon from the Golden gate bridge with pacific ocean as the backdrop alas nor did I drive or had the company to drive me , well there is always a next time. To me San Francisco is very special it was where I first started my career and what a beautiful experience it was. Everyday there was something new to discover ,something new to love and something new to experience , yesterday it brought back all those beautiful memories . I kept wishing I could go back in time and experience it all over again.
I obviously had to google what was so special about moon yesterday and indeed it was Harvest moon ,the day moon is closest to earth, as they say there is something new to learn and experience everyday.
Happy Moon viewing .
Here are all the names of full moons by month ,courtesy wiki of course :)
January – Wolf moon,[1] Hunger moon, Old moon
February – Snow moon,[1] Ice moon
March – Worm moon,[1] Sap moon, Sugaring moon, Crow moon, Storm moon
April – Pink moon,[1] Egg moon, Grass moon, Rain moon, Growing moon, Wind Moon
May – Flower moon,[1] Planting moon, Milk moon, Hare moon
June – Strawberry moon,[1] Rose moon, Honey moon, Mead moon
July – Buck moon,[1] Thunder moon, Deer moon, Hay moon
August – Sturgeon moon,[1] Corn moon, Fruit moon, Barley moon
September – Harvest moon[1] Gypsy Moon
October – Hunter's moon[1]
November – Beaver moon,[1] Frosty moon, Snow moon
December – Cold moon, Long Night moon,[1] Winter moon

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ganapathi Bappa Morya - Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakahsalu

Ganapathi Bappa Morya - Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakahsalu

Wishing all my family , friends and readers a very happy Vinakaya Chavithi. May there always be peace , love and happiness in your lives.
Ganesh puja is my favorite festival growing up it was such a big deal at home, I remember the activities and chaos at home on puja day. I grew up in a joint family so it was an amazing time to see the whole family grand parents, parents, uncles, aunts and cousins all sitting around and performing puja. Though I admit it was more about activity and fun then religious for me now when I have my own kids at home I am trying to continue this tradition at home too.
I love Ganesh statues and I have quite a few collection in all sorts of metals and forms. Few of my faves below.

I am not even sure how old this five faced Ganesh ji is , this is from my grandparents home and is made of panchloham (five metals).
A dear friend of mine present this last year when I went to India and absolutely love it.
I wake up saluting this five faced Ganesha everyday, he is my superhero who protects me from obstacles everyday :) And of course this bookish Ganesha had to be the cutest, made out of all organic colors and natural, picked this up at a tribal exhibition in India, Love it.

Though preparations at home will be modest still its a special event and I try to make it exiting for everyone involved at home.

Wanted to share a website which has plethora of recipes and step by step instructions for all the festive dishes for Ganesh puja, do check out Dhivya's chef in you and have a wonderful puja.

Modaks Ganesha's favorite food

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