The Scented Bath

Today on the third day of my Diwali, I had a traditional scented bath. Well no quite traditional because I didn’t use the traditional oils and unguents ( utna we call it)

I didn’t get up before sunrise and decorate a wooden seat with a lighted lamp and rangoli. Nor did my mom give me the traditional scented oil bath and a rub down with fresh cream, turmeric powder and utna. Nor did she bless me with a dab of saffron water and the glow of the oil lamp. And I didn’t wear my new clothes because I didn’t make anything special.

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Instead I got up at 6 am only because Ms Papaya wanted to say hello from New Jersey. And after my morning coffee and breakfast , I had my own version of an oil bath with a luxurious Dead Sea salt scrub. I rubbed myself down with a loofah and rubbed in some body cream after I towelled myself dry.

Since Wow Dinga and Little Po are spending the day with me there was no point in wearing my finery.

So here I am in my everyday clothes after my special Diwali scented bath happy with my newly tweaked Diwali tradition.

For a long time now, Diwali traditions have been in transition for most of us who have moved on . Smaller families and geographical distances have made the good old family Diwali rarer and rarer. But there is no harm in moving on is there?

Diwali is a time for reflecting, sharing and enjoying the abundance in one’s life.

Are you following the same traditions you did as a child or have you modified your Diwali celebrations? Do let me know in the comments below.

Happy Diwali

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Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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2 Responses

  1. Akshata says:

    I haven’t been following the traditions as a kid as my mom’s mom was working and they never really followed these, so it was handed over from generations like that. I do love doing things a bit differently though on Diwali and want my little girl to feel the significance of the festival. I have been away from India during Diwali the 2nd consecutive year and I badly miss the festivities
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    • Bellybytes says:

      i know that feeling too. I was also away for two consecutive Diwalis but I realised that abroad people are more aware and conscious of festivals than we are in India

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