When Festivals Coincide

It was a memorable last weekend, to say the least. For starters, it was a long weekend, when we didn’t have to sacrifice a festival holiday.

It happened to be the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that woke the USA up to a reality of terrorism, which we living in the Indian sub-continent have had no choice but to live with for the last 50 years, or, more, and, cried ourselves hoarse without much results.

It was also a day when the biggest Muslim festival Eid-ul-Fitr coincided with the start of one of the biggest Hindu festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi. This was especially poignant that given the bigger half of the world’s nations are divided over politics of religion, we had a rare chance at secular celebrations and national integration. India is one of the largest democracies, and one with many imperfections; but, one where despite the communal animosities, both Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with equal fervor, feasting, and, fan fare.

And, of course, being the secular nation that we are, all our festival celebrations, sans the religiosity ultimately focus on food. Food is almost like a vehicle of national integration that unites people across diverse communities, making them forget differences, even if for a day and appreciate the rare chance to celebrate sinfully, and, eat kebabs and biriyanis together with modaks and motichurs on the same day.

Feasting on Eid

Modaks & Motichurs for Ganesha Puja

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24 Responses to When Festivals Coincide

  1. earthymind says:

    nice!!i agree that the ultimate focus in Indian lifestyle comes down to food!!modak are my favourite!!
    love your header image btw…


  2. Heart says:

    Thanks for the inspiring piece about secular India! Cheers to that!!
    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and Eid! The pictures are mouth watering.. 🙂


    • Amrita Ghosh says:

      @Rachana – thanks for stopping by! glad you liked my musing. sometimes, it’s hard to be optimistic amidst all the political rife, but being an Indian can also be a confusing experience in terms of dealing with an amalgamation of culture…and, one of things that i’ve noticed cuts across differences and boundaries is food…glorious food 🙂 in my humble opinion, it’s more often a truer celebration of culture than any other rituals or traditions.


  3. Amrita Ghosh says:

    @earthymind – purva, i suppose 🙂 thanks for stopping by! glad you like my post and passing thoughts. I always feel that food is like religion for us, and, i can see from your blog that you’re an ardent Ganesha fan too 🙂

    so glad you like the header, i love it too! i had clicked a picture of hand painted fabrics at a street market in cape town, and this is a cropped sliver from it…one of those quirky things, and i thought that it represented my thoughts pretty closely 🙂 do visit again!


  4. Kavita says:

    Wasn’t that just awesome!? This goes to show that even the Gods don’t really care about the whole charade! 🙂 I wish we humans get this point in our heads…
    Maybe some day…

    Lovely post, Am!! Yummy stuff there! 🙂


  5. Girnar says:

    This article is wonderful and very informative.I really enjoyed reading this article.


  6. Kevin says:

    Happy Festivities Amrita !


  7. deadpoet88 says:

    Ah yes it was a nice festive weekend. Everywhere one turned, there were celebrations. It was nice to see everyone having a reason to celebrate, both Eid and Ganesh Chachurti.


  8. Artswebshow says:

    have fun.
    it’s great when different cultures can celebrate together


  9. Alvord12 says:

    Don’t forget the 3 day weekend! 😉


  10. Jingle says:

    happy post,
    love to learn your kind of taste and more…


  11. hoiden says:

    wow great isnt it…hope u had fun…btw happy durga puja in advance:)


  12. Jingle says:


    pass to 1 to 10 friends..
    Happy Weekend!

    see you at poetry potluck …hopefully.


  13. Jingle says:


    please help pay a visit to riika and leo today to wish them well..
    Thanks a ton.
    u rock!
    Happy Monday!
    hope to See you at potluck today.

    missing you, how are you?
    link in an old poem if you wish.


    • Amrita Ghosh says:

      Hi Jingle! so sorry for my delayed response. Really touched to hear that you all miss me.Work & travel schedule has been bad, and I guess, I’m going through one of those dried up poetic phases with a massive writer’s block :-(( hope you’ll bear with me…i’ll be back with a bang soon 🙂


  14. Hi Amrita,

    Liked your blog immensely. Great going.



    • Amrita Ghosh says:

      Thanks much for stopping by Shail! Appreciate the encouragement…i’m not a regular blogger and hope I’ll get better at this soon. I see that you have a very topical blog…will check it out at leisure! Please do visit again 🙂


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