Article: Festivals of India - Narali Poornima / Raksha Bandhan / Avani Avittam

Dear Readers,

Today, I would like share some information on festivals being celebrated today in India. Firstly, I will talk about Narali Poornima which is observed today in India, especially in Maharashtra. It is a festival of coconuts which falls on Poornima (which is full moon day) in the month of Shravan.
On Narali Poornima, people worship God Varun and offer coconuts to the God of sea. It is believed that the Puja offered to sea on the auspicious day of Shravana Poornima appease the God and it protects fisher-men from any unexpected incidents. It also indicates the end of the monsoon season. It also means the start of a new fishing period.
 On this auspicious occasion, I would like to share a couple of coconut recipes like Coconut rice and Coconut Vermicilli Payasam (Kheer). You can move your cursor on the recipe name and click on the links to view the recipes.
We have another festival, Raksha Bandhan, which is also observed on the same day to celebrate brothers-sisters relationship. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on their brothers' wrists to show their love and care and brothers in turn promise their sister to protect them lifelong. Raksha Bandhan is observed in many parts of India. 

In Tamil Brahmins, we have a festival called Avani Avittam, which also falls on the same day. On this day, Brahmins ritually change their Upanayana thread along with Shrauta rituals. On Avani Avittam, Tamil Brahmins usually make Parippu Vada and Palpaayasam as a speciality alongwith feast. You can check out the recipes for the same by clicking on the link provided.

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Wishing you all a very Happy Narali Poornima, Raksha Bandhan and Avani Avittam!!!

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