Few pictures from yesterday's function Guniu Cholo (of my sister) and Bartamanna (of my brother). Guniu is a saree and cholo is a blouse both made up of Nepali traditional material called Dhaka. Girl wears this saree and blouse and gets ready like a bride. Elderly people will wash her feet and drink few drops of water. This traditional is prominently done before she gets her first mensuration.
In Bartamanna a guy has to shave his head and be sanyasi wearing cotton dhoti of orange color, he then will be asking for bhiksha from the people who'll be present in the ceremony. He will finally wear a thread that goes diagonally from his shoulder to waist (janeu) and chant some mantra that'll be given to him. This tradition is done before the marriage of a guy and preferably in young age.
Scandi Christmas traditions: Danish ‘Pakkeleg’
At some point over the festive period in Denmark someone will arrange to play a ‘Pakkeleg’ – literally ‘the present game’. This brings out the best and worst in people! It’s a really fun thing to do at a Christmas party, both with adults and kids.
Here’s how you do it:
Each player brings 2-3 small value wrapped presents and places them in the middle of the table. These presents can be absolutely anything – random is good and oddly shaped even better. A butter knife, nail clippers. Hair brush. Chocolate. Anything.
Round 1: Players take turns in rolling a dice and when you roll a 6, you choose a present from the middle. You continue doing this until all gifts have been taken from the middle of the table.
Round 2: Set a time limit (usually 10-15 minutes or so). The game continues the same way as before, except when you roll a 6, you have to steal a present from someone else. You have the set time to roll as many 6’s as you can and grab as many presents from the others as possible.
When the timer rings, you open your presents.
Each house has their own set of made up rules and amendments. In some homes, especially with smaller kids, you cannot ‘steal’ the last present from someone, for example. In some houses, there are more presents to begin with and the game can go on for longer. The host can also provide all the presents if the game takes place at a bigger event.
Present ideas: Places like Tiger are great for those £1 gifts. The more random the presents, the better, really – from a pair of socks to a bar of chocolate or a mug saying ‘I love London’, the more random and tacky the presents, the better.
This Sunday’s brunch gets more festive in celebration of Mirèio Turns Two. Let Anne-Cecile and Hervé elevate your mid-day epicurean get-together as they present a spread of aperitifs, sumptuous mains, and artisan sweets to name a few.
“Man (and woman) is not meant to live alone.” It was a good time talking and laughing with old friends over food and some cocktails tonight.
After dinner tonight, we have a new book club, some garden projects and canning collective starting in 2019. I am totally stoked....although I am going to have to read some romance novels? 😫😫😫🤪 It is a constant reminder that building a community and meeting them face-to-face are so important. Stop talking; start doing.
They are so important aren't they!? Especially at Christmas!! Our biggest tradition is making a themed calendar for my Mom. We (my sister and I) have made one every year since we first started having children. Twenty-two years ago!!
It's so fun looking back through the years worth of photos. To be honest....they make me laugh and cry. It's a good cry!!! The kids love to get out the old calendars and laugh at all of the old photos. .
These days I also make one for my little bonus babies' real Mom. I try and share photos with her throughout the year but she doesn't get to see them all, and the girls like to look at back at them. Plus they like to give their Mom a special gift!!! .
What's your most favorite tradition? .
I’ve been thinking about traditions that we can have as a couple and despite that there are tons on ideas online, non of them actually sticked to us. The only one that we have for now is going for a beer to a local brewery @bellsbrewery before a flight ✈️ . It started with me flying home last year on the Roll out the Barrel day (a day of barrel aged beers 🍻😋) thy I didn’t want to miss and... I almost missed my flight 😆. But it turned out well. So now to have a good trip (and relieve anxiety) we go there no matter what. Today was another day when only one of us flew. This time I’m staying in Kalamazoo and @cesar.briones9 is going to enjoy warm weather and tropical fruits in Nicaragua 🇳🇮
Do you have any traditions in your couple? Or may be heard about something unique that others do?
P.S. the first pic is from this summer trip, swipe to see selfies from today 😜
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this year i overcame a huge fear of mine and did not one, but three workshops. . .all of which i thoroughly loved doing. the first was on wild spring edibles, second on seaweeds, and the last on wild food as medicine.
i have always feared and avoided public speaking. i am not one to speak in front of groups. . .i live in the woods for a reason ha. but really---i feel as though i was simply talking for the plants.
in a world where the voiceless are often ignored, or trampled over, i believe it is important to give recognition and gratitude to the food and medicine growing all around us. from the forests and fields, to the sidewalk cracks and garden weeds. we would be dead without plants to nourish, sustain and heal us.
the women in the background of this photo are both incredibly amazing humans, i felt wildly nervous and humbled that they came to hear what i had to say.
thank you to everyone who came to listen to me ramble about the plants. i feel extremely blessed that i have the opportunity to spread old knowledge of the plant world, when i still feel like such a fledgling sometimes myself. it is a passion and knowledge that i will continue to live and pursue until my last dying breath.
and unlike many of the women (and men) wortcunners, herbalists, witch doctors and healers that came before us, here is to a future where we will (hopefully) not be burned or drowned or persecuted for our beliefs and traditions. . .
thank you to everyone whose support allows us to live this life. . .it has its steep inclines and perilous paths but i would not trade it for anything.
original photo by @ze_eus
Holiday Traditions ⛄️ .
Mia wrote a paper this week for her second grade class about her favorite holiday tradition. To my surprise it was this photo. Every year I take the same photo of this little one in front of the tree since she was 4- it started on accident when I captured a beautiful moment with a toy. (Check out my stories for the others) I was just shocked because of all the things we do, this little moment of having her pose what’s her favorite. Maybe it’s just the marshmallows piled up high or the smell of hot chocolate - but i will for sure cherish this tradition even more knowing she loves it 💕☕️
What is your favorite holiday tradition? 🎄⛄️🎄 #holidaytraditions#christmaspictures#traditions
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