28 Aug Mondays Are For New Beginnings – Evelyn’s Secrets
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been embracing my Indian side more and more with the choice of photos on my social media… I always get overwhelmed with love for the Indian part of my genes when there is an opportunity for me to dress up traditionally! I believe a woman looks the most stunning in a saree and I wish there were more occasions for me to wear one!
It’s been a beautiful weekend of sparkly lights and the rolling sound of drums bring the streets alive in Bandra with a spirit of celebration for new beginnings! I love the way we celebrate in India; it’s never just one day. No; we make it a week or two! Ganesh Chaturthi has become a very special memory to me since I’ve moved to Mumbai. The air is filled with a lovely fragrance of spice and sweetness and arms are wide open to welcome you in. I always felt like a foreigner and outsider in Mumbai, but on Ganesh Chaturthi people showed me that I do belong. Families invite you to their home, friends bring over sweets, and everyone wears colourful, festive dresses and most of all – wants you to join in on their celebration.
As a Christian, you often feel like a minority in India. I guess it’s the same for someone of a different faith to feel this way in a Christian country, as well. But, that’s were the most beautiful part of love and faith shines through best – when we put aside fear and simply embrace each other, share our celebrations and accept one another for the wonderful people we all are. We are created for love. Thank you to my amazing friends here who keep inviting me over for celebrations to the many colourful Hindu festivals, feed me with the most delicious food on Eid or ask me to join their prayer groups. I may not always understand, but I love getting to know you and hearing all about your beautiful culture, beliefs and mythology!
I’m especially thankful to my always caring fans who never fail to send me good wishes in every way possible. I feel honoured that you would make me a part of such a special day in your life and I can’t wait for Christmas to come around so I can tell you all about the magical time we celebrate and to invite you over too for cookies, gifts and carolling!
Do you have a favourite holiday? And, why so? Tell me in the COMMENTS!