This past month we started off our week of celebrations (Diwali and Halloween) with a Dhanteras puja. This tradition comes from Kartik's side of the family. I had never seen or participated in this ceremony; but I had heard Kartik talk about it fondly for years.
Because of where we live, we are surrounded (quite literally) with things, people and places from my childhood. It's so nice when we get glimpses of Kartik's childhood for both me and the kids.
He talked about how his mom, dad and Mina Foi would sit with Sonu, Bhailu and him carefully moving coins from one dish to another.
|Of course we had Bunto!|
We sat down in the evening to actually do the puja. Here is Ishu in his clasic 'jai-jai' pose. He'll always open his eyes to make sure that everyone else is also folding there hands and crossing their legs.
And I'm so glad he did... after we cleaned up everything, fed the kids and put Ishu I set to work rewashing the coins and finally got a chance to look at them carefully. I had assumed that all the coins were those silver ones with a engraving of Laxmi on one side.
But these were all interesting coins that Kartik's Mom and Dad had collected over the years. Coins from different places, beautiful silver dollars and foreign coins. Kartik mentioned that they would add new coins each year, so I ran upstairs and added a few coins from my travels pre-kids. I felt so very blessed and honored to be able to participate in this tradition with him.