This post is now 3 days overdue…thanks to my procrastinating :(
We (aka the mister and me) had been over to Amma’s for Karthikai Deepothsavam on Tuesday evening. Karthikai Deepothsavam is essentially a festival of lights celebrated on the full moon day of Karthikai month (November/December). House are lit up with rows of oil lamps (Deepams) in the evening of the festival day. The lit lamps are considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lit lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthikai. This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the bonding between brothers and sisters in South India (analogous to Bhai-Dhuj and Raakhi). Sisters pray for the prosperity and success of their brothers and light lamps to mark the occasion. When my brother and I were little, we used to refer to Karthikai as ‘Kutti Deepavali’! :)
Ahem, now for the most important part – Just like how there are particular customs and traditions for every festival, so is the customary yummy festive spread! Haha…the foodie in me is always qui vive ;)
Yeah, so that evening, Amma and I lit the Karthikai Deepams, said our prayers and then we were all attacking the Nei Appams, Pori Urundais and Adais in no time. All you could hear was each of us silently going “chomp-chomp-chomp” without saying a word, just devouring every delectable bite of the Karthikai Prasadam prepared by Amma!
P.S: I forgot to carry my camera with me and was livid with fury at myself. But I finally decided to adapt to the situation and made-do with a mobile phone camera! :)