When you read this, I’ll probably be stirring a pot of milk or stringing a garland of flowers. Today is the Appearance Day of Lord Krishna, which one of my friends described as the “Hindu Christmas,” so I’ll go with that.
Our home programs now are a much scaled-down version of the all-out bash we used to have at the temple, which required weeks of preparation.
There were plays, pujas and marigold festoons everywhere. An all-day fast was broken with a multi-course feast at midnight, following a ceremony of lights (arati) and Sanskrit devotional hymns.
People came from everywhere to attend.
I was typically in charge of the kitchen, which resembled one of those crazy food network competion shows, except vegetarian and executed barefoot. With mantras.
You’da loved it.
In fact, if it’s still Wednesday, you can experience a version of it yourself if you like. Most Hindu temples (and all ISKCON centers) will be open to the public late tonight and will be serving a midnight snack you’ll not soon forget.
My regular posts will resume on Friday (or Saturday, if I haven’t quite recovered yet). Whatever your plans, have a great day today. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got something on the stove.