Monday, January 11, 2021

Spiritless Pongal Festival?

2020 exists no more, but it took away the happiness and festival spirit with along. I didn’t decorate the Christmas tree or put lights for Christmas and New Year, and now with Pongal, in 2 days I couldn’t feel excited in the usual way.  Pongal is the only festival that leftover to speak the tradition and culture of Tamil people living all over the world and it is a common festival that communicates our lifestyle and unites the people to support and thank farmers for their continuous work of feeding.

Every year we used to draw colorful Kolams, aka Rangoli, in front of the home to add auspiciousness to the festival, and boiling milk and rice in a mud pot, on top of firewood, is another kind of gesture greeting farmers and nature, and also helping the pottery workers.

I always love celebrating a festival beyond its religious beliefs and rituals, as I believe festivals are mean to gather people and celebrate the spirit of togetherness. Pongal is a social festival and farmer’s festive so wishing for their wellness is important and being a pandemic period, we had no option other than limiting our celebrations although our celebration is always restrained to two families. But this year is gonna be celebrated in the kitchen itself. Hehe

Talking about the past year will only make it sadder than happier, and it is a year the world will never forget for the number of losses mankind faced, but the consoling fact was nature restored its place even if it is a temporary phase.  Personally, 2020 is a devastating year for us apart from the pandemic Dracula sucking the life from all over the world, some lives were lost in our family circle and a couple of them were quite unexpected. Though no life is lost for COVID-19, my uncle’s death was the most sent tremors into our family than the cousin who died leaving back two little kids. No life is left to comparable and life is a life that is replaceable by anything but we haven’t been close with that cousin to deeply feel the pain.

This cousin is a good-hearted guy, and kindness would melt in front of his smile, and he had never raised his voice or think to hurt anybody, but he died out of high pressure and cardiac arrest. Perhaps because of this, he hadn't shared his problems with others, and this is a problem with many of our reserved types is to suffer silently. He’s a project manager in a reputed IT firm and an affectionate kid to his mom and with a problematic married life, should I need to define the challenges he got in front of him to cease his life?

My uncle is just 6 months younger than my dad and thus they are like best friends and whatever it is dad only call him first to know his thought before proceeding. I would say he was an iron man who lived among us, and his support to our families is significantly strong and there’s nothing he unknown, and has great grasping power to workout things at observing.  It was him, and it was on his captainship my brother’s wedding in November held successfully. But he couldn’t live less than a week to see them lead their life or any of our future events.  

We meet him frequently or to say at least once in a week or two, it was hard for us to think or feel he’s no more but we feel regret for our aunt who misses him the most as a loving wife. They lived like made for each other and as a cool and casual couple.  They lead any of our functions from the front and now seeing her confined to home hurts really. I hope she returns to normalcy and continues the way she was earlier. I know she too knows life has to move on, more than any of the other, as she already came over her daughter’s demise a decade ago. My thoughts go for her…

Thank you

13 comments:

Tom said...

...Pongal is a festival that I am not familiar with. I hope 2921 will be healthy and bright for you and your family.

Lady Fi said...

So sorry to hear about this. I hope next year's Pongal will be celebrated with twice as much joy.

Destination Infinity said...

Let's hope 2021 will be better for all.

Destination Infinity

bill burke said...

The last year has been devastating for the world. I'm sorry about your losses and hope that this new year will be better for everyone.

George said...

I can understand why it is difficult to get into a festive mood for Pongal. I only hope 2021 is a much better and healthier year for you and your family.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I wish you all the best in the new year 2021. I think most people are happy to see 2020 come to an end. Take care, stay safe! Have a happy day!

Maria said...

Reze este Rosário! Pela Meditação das Mensagens, encontrareis e compreendereis os motivos de Rezar o Rosário Sempre, até faze-lo todos os dias. A Paz esteja contigo!



carol l mckenna said...

I am so saddened by your losses and send lots of healing hugs to you and your family ~ may good memories help all to move on in 2021.

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ashok said...

Happy Pongal Jeevan!

Nancy Chan said...

Hope the situation will improves this year. No matter what, we all have to move on.

Kirtivasan Ganesan said...

I hope and pray that better things happen in future.

Rose said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Twilight Man said...

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin and uncle. The pain will heal but good memories last forever. I have lost both parents and I still miss them till today. I can imagine the pain you feel, so please be strong and appreciate each day that comes.