Happy Makara Sankranthi, Pongal, Vishu, and Eid-e-milad-un-nabi!
"Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional. Makara Sankranti is a solar event making one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian Calender every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 13 or 15 January." - excerpt from Wikipedia
We pray to the Sun and offer a variety of produce from our farms/fields. Cook and share dishes that include some or all of the produce. We also offer ellu-bella (sesame-jaggery) to everyone. In Kannada, we have a saying, "ellu bella thindu olle maathadi," translate to "eat mixture of sesame-jaggery, and speak good words."
Well, our garden has lots of treats to offer us. The Mango tree has flowers; hopefully, we get good harvest this year. The Neem tree has started shedding leaves; waiting for the tender leaves to shoot out. One of our banana plants has flower, and the banana inflorescence partially opened during the weekend. We we thrilled! This morning I tied the plant to a support so that the plant doesn't crack due to the weight of the fruit.
|Banana flowers, Spinach flowers, Mango flowers, and Beens flowers|
The vegetable plants are fine too. Different varieties of spinach plants look beautiful and healthy. The fenugreek plants are tender. The beans creeper has flower. The tomato plants have flowers and some plants have fruits. One of the brinjal plants has a beautiful fruit; I love the color!
Have a great weekend ahead :)