Monday, 12 November 2012

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This is 09:30 am., 13th November, Tuesday here in India and we are going to celebrate Diwali and Kali Puja. Yesterday was a special day for the Indians especially for Bengali. It was Indian Halloween by name Bhoot Chaturdashi, the night before Kalipuja is celebrated as Indian Halloween- without the “trick or treat” prank. I want to share some story about it.
Bhuta Chaturdashi is observed on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. The corresponding period in North Indian Hindu calendars is the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month. On the day unsatisfied spirits are worshiped. In some regions people offer food – cooked rice and til to the Bhutas (ghosts).
The rituals coincide with the popular Yama Chaturdasi and Naraka Chaturdasi rituals. This particular ritual is of importance in eastern parts of India.

Pradeep, after lightning

Pradeep, before lightning

One has to light up a candle/pradeep on doorsteps (and make the total to 14) to not let them trespass the household and eat 14 types of leafy vegetables to not let them take over the body. Even then it’s suggested to be wise not to go out after darkness. Children stay indoor after night fall because it’s a common belief that ghosts prowl during this night.

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