As you may have gathered from my Instagram posts, this last weekend we had a very large religious celebration. In Bengali culture, Durga Puja is like at the level of Christmas. (without the presents) Durga Puja celebrates the homecoming of Ma Durga. Goddess Durga is the embodiment of female power and the feminine counterpart to God. I like to think of Bengali culture as being more matriarchal than our usual stereotypes dictate. Puja seasons is a time for revelry, coming together as a community, and (of course) great food.
It was my first time seeing how Durga Puja was celebrated in another city. Simple to say, I was so homesick! The group that hosted here in Nashville were all warm and friendly, but it was blatantly obvious that we were the newcomers since it’s such a small and tight-knit community. No matter where Ma Durga’s homecoming is celebrated, the sound of the mantras, the intoxicating scent of incense, people chatting away in the background, everyone decked out to the nines- the little details magically stay the same…
Today’s post isn’t one that you will be able to find online or at the mall… I wanted to take the chance to share something close to my heart. Wearing Indian clothes is something that I always grew up doing for special occasions, but now living in a new city, there seem to be less opportunities to wear all the beautiful things I received in my wedding trousseau. (Especially while I still fit in them!)
I’ve never been one to shy away from sharing my culture and heritage. Especially as the one half of a biracial couple, it’s important to maintain that balance between where we come from and where we’re going. Thankfully, the hubby is always excited to share the experience, and I’m very luck for that! What parts of your culture are most important to you?