Festivals and celebrations, LIFESTYLE

The Scented Bath

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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


Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

2 Comments on “The Scented Bath

  1. 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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    1. 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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