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Sankranti Shabdkosh | Jaipur Beat

The most awaited festival of the year in Jaipur, Makar Sakranti is here and we can see the kites romancing the winds all across the city.  While we all fix are music systems on our terraces and our mothers prepare steaming pakoras for us there is one more thing that defines the Makar Sankranti culture in our pink city and it is the unforgettable shabdkosh that springs up this season. Everybody, who has lived in this city have heard words like Pench Ladana, Wo kaata during this season. Just in case any of you have missed on the vocabulary that should be used during this season here’s a quick revision of the same.

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1. Wo Kaata – While driving through the streets of Jaipur during this time very often you get to hear these words and the pitch at which these words are spoken you can obviously make out that they suggest victory over the opponent. In a ‘kite fight’ when one kite loses its battle and leaves the winds to take back its place on the ground that’s when the whole mohalla can hear the sound of, ‘wo Kaataaaa’

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2. Tang Dalna – Before the kites take off for their journey, we peg them up properly with strings and so that it becomes easy to hook it up with manjha. We think that the term ‘tang dalna’ introduced by a young kid, who was quite upset with the fact that all he got to do during the event is to peg the kite when asked by his elders and who hardly ever got a chance to actually fly one. Hmm…makes sense.

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3. Chutti Dena – Remember while you were young and preparing to learn kite flying. Yes at that time ‘Chutti’ given to your kite by your friend, cousin or sibling was enough to let your kite soar high. Since the term is mostly used by young kids the name of the term justifies itself.

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4. Pench Ladana – Now what fun can be attributed to kite flying unless two kite flyers get a chance to show their kite flying skills by entangling their kites and managing to hold on to them while the kites battle to stay in the sky. Makar Sankranti sees a lot of ‘pench ladana’ both in the sky and on the roofs while young boys get to woo their beautiful neighbours.

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5. Dheel dena – The most important person in the whole kite flying activity is the one who is handling your Charkhi. He is the one who is at the back and call of the kite flyer. Probably he is the one who hears this the most: ‘Zara Dheel Dena’

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6. Lapetna – Another Sankrant terminology that is quite popular in the pink city is Lapetna. Unless you don’t know how to roll on the most important accessory of kite flying, manjha/sadda, then you are not a proper quite flyer. Apart from Sankrant the other place you hear the term ‘lapetna’ is when you are not able to swallow the big lies hurled at you by a show-off friend.

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7. Thudda Modna – Remember how you need to shape up everything before you use it. Now that kite flying is such an important activity you definitely need to prep up your kite before it goes up to make its place in the winds. Remember how you see young kids placing kites on their heads and bending them by the sides. Yes, that’s called Thudda modna or getting your kites ready.

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8. Dangal Ladane – Those who haven’t heard about this word have never been a part of an up class battle that people fight from high rise buildings and battle with others to let their kites soar high.

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9. Patang Lootna – If you haven’t done this you are not a true patang baaz. All of us buy a plethora of kites during this time but that cannot match the happiness one gets from one looti hui patang !

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10. Anti banana – Now this is one trick you need to learn if you wish to keep your manjha aur sadda in the proper place. Remember all you need is your fingers placed apart and rolling on the thread between them at ease but still at a fast pace. Who said that kite flying is an easy task? Yes, you have to learn all the tricks in order to place your accessories properly.

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Although most of you must have heard of all these terms earlier we are sure that while reading this blog you must have realized that the festival of Makar Sankranti or for that matter kite flying is not as simple as it looks, there is so much science behind it. We have shared a few terms that we knew if you know some more then don’t forget to add them in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

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Decoding the Significance of the Festival of Lights

 

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Diwali, as we all know, is the grand festival that is celebrated all over the country with new full zeal every year. It is also one of the most important festivals for Jaipur and Jaipurites, as here it is observed for a full 5 days. During this time entire Pink city is decked up, and all monuments and buildings are lit up which makes the city truly beautiful and full of splendour. The preparations start almost a month ago when Jaipurites starts cleaning the house, and decorating it because Diwali is not just a day-long affair for us but it is a complete five-day long event. And we believe to celebrate each and every day of Diwali with full passion. But did you know the significance of all these five days?

Let’s get a bit of knowledge about our favourite 5 Diwali days-

Dhanteras

Dhanteras which is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” is the first day of the five days of Diwali celebration. The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is that the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as physician of Gods) had emerged out with a jar of elixir from the ocean. That is why this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

It is believed that buying things such as gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new things is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. On this day Jaipur markets like Tripolia Bazaar, Johari Bazaar gets all bustled up with the people as everyone is busy buying the things.

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Roop Chaturdashi

The second day is Roop Chaturdashi which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. After a month-long cleaning of the home, it is time to deck up ourselves. It is believed that on this day it is very important to take care of one’s body and also improving one’s appearance through external means. In the old days, women used to apply ubtan to get that natural glow and now they go to parlours to get the festive look.

Whatever you opt for, this day signifies that you need to glow & shine like Diwali lights.

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This is the main day and marks the return of Lord Rama along with wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year-long exile after defeating Ravana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshaman were back, the people of Ayodhya celebrated the return of their king by illuminating the earthen diyas and bursting firecrackers. Hence, Diwali is the celebration of Homecoming. We light up homes, wear new clothes, prepare lots of delicacies and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. No matter where you are Jaipurites love to come back home to be with their family, and this is the true essence of this festival of Diwali.

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Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja or Annakoota, people show their gratitude towards Lord Krishna by offering various types of food. The story behind this day is that, once Lord Indra got angry for the villagers had stopped offering him lavish meals which in return he promised good rains for their crops. So he flooded the village and soon it was underwater. Lord Krishna then came to their rescue by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

Bhai Dooj

Last day is called Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love of brother and sister. On this day, women pray to God for the long and prosperous lives of their brother and apply ‘tilak’ on their foreheads. According to mythology, on this day Yamraj visited his sister Yami, where she welcomed him with an aarti, applied tilak and offered sweets. Moved by his sister’s love he declared that any brother who received ‘tilak’ from his sister shouldn’t be afraid of death.

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Now, that you know the significance of the five days of Diwali, go ahead and take part in the rituals and celebrations this Diwali with great enthusiasm. But remember to play eco-friendly Diwali and avoid bursting crackers for the sake of our environment.

Wishing you all a Joyful & Safe Diwali!

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Diwali: Then Vs Now

Nostalgia is a beautifully relaxing feeling. Every time we think of the good old days, they leave our faces with a chipper yearning grin. Now is the time for Diwali, we want to take you back into the good old days – we want to make you smile, enjoy and laugh. We want to remind you of how celebrating Diwali with family was as compared to what it is now. So, let’s reminisce the memorable moments and see how amusingly life has changed, and how adulting has changed us:

Freedom to eat- 

Then: Literally gorging on every other mithai.

Now: No more sweets please for me! I am on the Keto Diet.

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Celebrating with family

Then: Looking like a family straight outta Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Now: Trying to juggle between marriage/work/college life and family life.

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Enjoying Holidays

Then: At least 10 days holiday from school.

Now: Getting barely 3 days holiday at work.

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Bursting crackers

Then: Bursting crackers till 2:00 am.

Now: Realising we were unaware of the environmental damage it did and shifting to No crackers wali Diwali.

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Receiving gifts 

Then: Receiving lots of chocolates and sweets from all the uncles, aunties and padosies.

Now: Worrying about giving gifts to everyone!

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100 metres away from Rangoli rule

Then: “Do not play near the rangoli!”

Now: “Rangoli banane mein madat karna zara”

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No-makeup rule

Then: Dreaming of wearing mom’s makeup.

Now: Wearing your own collection!

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No tension of cooking snacks and decorations

Then: Playing in the streets.

Now: “Beta baazar jaakar 2 kilo gende ke phool le aa!” or Let’s do some decorations

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Buying earthen diyas

Then: Buying earthen diyas and decorating them at home.

Now:  Buying readymade fancy diyas. Who has got that much time?

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Visiting family and friends

Then: Being dragged to others’ homes by mom and dad for Diwali Milan

Now: Sending WhatsApp wishes.

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Times may have changed but we still cheer up when it’s Diwali time while fondly cherishing some old memories.

Tag your family and remind them of your beautiful festive journey! 😀

 

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8 Things That People Now Do On Karwa Chauth

One of the most celebrated festivals especially by the women of North India, Karwa Chauth is here. You can see ladies all around dressed in their beautiful red sarees with henna in their hands and lovely smile on their faces. They’re all ready to start their fast. But today’s fasting ladies are a bit different and we show you how !

  1. Dress up in the best red coloured attire

Ladies of all age groups fasting wear the best red attire that they have been saving especially for today.

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  1. Share pictures on Instagram

Ready for a selfie you ladies because posting it on Instagram is now mandatory.

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  1. Husband accompany their wife in fasting

Unlike the ritual, the cute hubbies have started to accompany their wives in fasting.

  1. How can we forget the sindoor !

If you’re not wearing sindoor on karwa chauth, then you’re missing it majorly !

  1. Not to be missed sargi

Beautiful mornings start with a hearty meal called as “Sargi” given by the mother-in-law  that is savoured upon heavily by the ladies.

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  1. Being filmy about fast breaking ceremony

Chalni check, aarti ki thali check, fruits and water check, and now let’s do it K3G way !

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  1. Celebrating together with friends and family

Doston ke saath karwa chauth na manaya toh kya hi manaya !

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  1.  Each year climbing up more stairs to take a glimpse of the moon

Dekho chand aya, chand nazar aya ! Now let’s start the process of climbing the stairs because seeing the moon from the ground floor is an idea of bygone days.

Could you relate to it anymore ? 😉