Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sankranti 2010!

Update: This article is re-posted here.



Putti is all dressed and ready to go distribute Ellu-Bella :)
The main event of sankranti is exchange of eLLu bella, a home made sugar candy called sakkre(meaning sugar) acchu (meaning mould) along with fruits etc. 
Recipe of eLLu bella here
Recipe of sakkare acchu here

Last year Putti had an elaborate festival in India with cousins and grandparents. This year Hemanth was at a conference in SanDiego so it was just me and Putti at home. And hemanth had taken the camera with him, so thought would miss her photos this time. But then thanks to my friend who invited us to join her in her house for the festival. It was her son's first festival. So we went there in the evening!.


In the evening the children in the house will be made to sit and a mixture of eLLu bella , ziziphus  berries called as elchi haNNu in kannada , pieces of sugarcane, coins are mixed and poured over their head and an aarathi is performed.  The neighbors are invited to participate in this ritual.  This is done to drive away the evil eye. The reason behind using the elchi hannu is that these berries are red like the sun and round in shape like the sun. Thus it is believed that showering these on the kids will  give them sun lord’s blessings. These berries being unavailable here in US, I thought maybe I can use cherries or something else similar!!  Some people also decorate their kids with garlands made of Kusuri Kalu /Sesame seeds coated with sugar, such as this child in this photoBut this being unavailable in USA, my friend had made a garland of marshmallows to her son and Putti. 


Similar tradition of sweet ball garland is seen in parts of north Karnataka too. Also the Marati people on ‘Gudipadwa’ which is the same as our ‘yugadi’ also deck the kids with sugar balls. Mrs. Mala Rao of Nandagokula blog told me about this. You can see her little son ‘Amartya krishna’ in jelly bean garland for yugadhi !

  My friend showering the kids with a mixture of soaked 
black channa, cashew, almonds, coins ….. 


We do only the red water(water mixed with kumkum) aarati to kids. But along with this my friend also had made lamps out of wheat flour to bless the kids!! Something unique and new ritual to me!!
Kids being blessed with wheatflour lamps..



Also my mother used to mention about a tradition called ‘Gombe ellu’ that’s she observed in a place called kalasa in Karnataka where she lived when she was a kid. There on the day of sankranti only the married women go out and distribute ellu bella amongst friends. The next day was meant for little gilrs and it was called ‘gombe ellu’.  The little girls would give ellu in small gombe(doll) shaped containers.  And then a friend of mine told me she is having ‘bombe ellu’ this time as she has a newborn at home this year!!

My Sister in law who after marriage is residing in Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh and following many of the local customs told me that on the evening of first day of the festival they too shower  small kids with a mixture called as “Bhogi paLLu” (భోగి పళ్ళు) which includes soaked channa, pieces of sugarcane, berries called ‘regi pandlu in telugu’ and copper coins.
Now I knew why my friend archana had used soaked channa( as she too has telugu ancestory). She also told me that some houses do arrange dolls that day which is called as ‘bommala kolluvu’ She also told me that in certain parts of Andhra people use rice, other pulses, coins, flower petals etc. I found many such photos on Google when I searched for the word bhogi pallu! 
A friend of mine, Arati has arranged her plate beautifully
with puffed rice, sugarcane pices and candies.


Whatever the differences in way of these celebrations, the main goal of each one us is to pary and wish for the well being of our lovely kids.
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11 Comments :

ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯದೇ ಮಜಾ!!

ಮತ್ತೆ, ನಂಗೆಲ್ಲಿ ಎಳ್ಳು!? :-)

ಪುಟ್ಟಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಮುದ್ದಾಗಿದ್ದಾಳೆ. luks like she
has a bigger wardrobe than u :p

roopa,
putti looks so cute in this new dress..luv to see her pics..

& gud info abt sankranthi:)

with cute photos of Sahitya & Shishir we have another bonus in reading this blog is understanding the varieties of celebration of any festival across geography & your unique way of celebration.
Thanks to the postings

Hi Roopa,

Sahitya matthu shishir tumba muddagi kaantha iddare! Shankranthi habbada bagge tumba chennagi baredideera :)!

Rashmi

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

ಯಾಕೋ ಪುಟ್ತಿ ಬಹಳ ದಿನಗಳಿ೦ದ ಬ್ಲೊಗ್-ಗೆ ಬ೦ದಿಲ್ಲ-ಬರೆದಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೋಳಿ ಆಚರಣೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾಯ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಆರ್ಷೇಯ ಪದ್ಧತಿಯಂತೆ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಮನೆಗಳ ಮನಗಳ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಬಂದು ಯುಗಾದಿಯ, ಹೊಸವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ, ಹೊಸವರ್ಷ ತಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಸುಖ-ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿದಾಯಕವಾಗಿರಲಿ

I came accross this post while I was googling for Sankranti posts, and coincidentally you also left this link on my blog :D . This is first sankranti for my little one also,so it will be special for us.

Thanks everyone!

@Lakshmi,
nimma puTaaNi jotege nimma modala saMkraMti shubhavaagirali:)

ಪುಟ್ಟಿ,
ನಿನ್ನ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಆಚರಣೆ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು.
ನಿನಗೆ, ಅಮ್ಮ ಮತ್ತು ಅಮ್ಮನಿಗೆ ಸಂಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು !

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