Today marks an important date in the Bengali calendar, Kali Puja.
It represents a day of good overcoming evil and going from darkness into light.
Click here to read more about we celebrated last year.
As we prepare for a new start, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali & Kali Puja!
Wishing you light and love from,
The Asian Destination xo
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A very happy Rakhsha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima (in Bengali)!
Today is the day sisters tie the sacred thread or rakhion their brother’s wrist to symbolise her love for him whilst in return he pledges to protect his sister.
These days Raksha Bandhan is a day where brothers and sisters feed each other sweets (yes, yet anotherexcuse to eat!) and basically celebrate the kinship between siblings.
Rakhi Purnima, does now however exclude only children, like myself. As most of you know, I’m the subcontinent, cousins/close friends are usually recognised as brothers and sisters too. In fact, as well as tying rakhis on my male cousins, I would also end up tying them on my other cherished male relatives: my grandfathers and my uncles.
So today: Whether you are Indian or not, an only child or one of many:
Be grateful for your siblings. Not just those that you are related to, for we are all one. We, as people, are the same: we breathe the same air, we share the same biology and fundamentally, we all have a desire to love and be loved.
Extend a Rakhi, the bond of protection to allyour brothers and sisters today. You may realise you have more siblings than you once thought!
Happy Raksha Bandhan to all!
The Asian Destination xo
It’s important to sometimes stop and take a moment to just watch the world go by. Other times however, we spend too long daydreaming, monkeying around, planning what we should be doing but not actually doing it!
So today: Are you monkeying around? Stop. Take in the moment and then take action!
Times of peace are usually found moments after intense sorrow or hardship. Much like the rays of hope that emerge, there is always a brighter sky after prolonged rain.
So today: what have you been mourning? What calm and peace can you find that lingers long after you’ve finished fighting your battles. Have faith that hope will wash away your past wounds and allow the sun to rise once more.
Take the road less travelled and see where it takes you.
The time is now, what lessons have you learnt that you want to put into practice?
When we’re young, we often think life will pan out like one big fairytale. This can only be for the better: life is what you make of it: who wants a boring fairytale anyway? Aren’t you worth more than that?
Don’t you wish you knew your limits, don’t you wish you’d unlocked your full potential? Then start living, start seeing every setback, every challenge and every obstacle for what it really is: an opportunity.
Want an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to show your full strength? Life throws you hardships and waits for you to man up and fight back.
So today: Make your own happy ending…because fairytale’s are getting old anyway.