Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Of Kolam And Peacocks

First off - a Happy Deepavali to all who celebrates it. Deepavali or the Festival of Lights is the most important celebration of Hindus. Do you know that the word "deepa" means light and "vali" means a row or cluster"? Put the words together and you get - a row/cluster of lights.

And for the rest of us - it's public holiday today! No work! Woot! Woot!
I just thought I'd do a post about "kolam" or "rangoli" which is a form of sand painting art using either rice, rice flour or sago. Kolam is usually drawn at the entrance of Hindu homes to welcome visitors as well as the Hindu Goddess of fortune; Lakshmi.

The "kolams" or "rangoli" popular patterns are of flowers, lotus blooms or geometric shapes. Also, peacocks are often depicted too.

The peacock is the national bird of India and is related to Hinduism as the vehicle of Lord Muruga. That's why you see peacocks are featured extensively in Hindu culture.

Now... where's my murukku? ^^

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  1. HAPPY DEEPAVALI to Mak Rempit~~

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    1. i know you don't celebrate, neither do i.. but then 1Malaysian mah, we got holidays so consider celebrating lah~~

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    2. oh muruku!! i want to eat muruku lah.. miss that so much, i think the last time i had was during CNY @_@

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    3. Visiting Hindu friends today means we are celebrating the festival too, right? ^^

      I think I'm gonna get muruku tomorrow at work - from the tea lady. hehehe

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    4. lucky you la Lina, Can get murukku from tea lady...hmm maybe i should get murukku from the guards here :p

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    5. kakaka...

      they sure will give, if you give angpow duing CNY *wink wink*

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    6. happy deepavali lina the pirate..
      how was your holiday?

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    7. cannot pirate. Got period. :-D

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    8. Wakakakaka, SP always think of pirate and lanun. I don't know Fui Fui should be happy or what, for his over highly sex hormone.

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    9. Happy Diwali to you Lina~~ ♥

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    10. I guess she loves him being kencang. Hihihi

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  2. yeah, kolams everywhere in the shopping malls as well as the train stations and lobbies of some buildings.. so festive~~

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    1. I think it's rather nice now Deepavali is being showcased more and more in malls. Deepavali was usually just "promoted" minimally by malls/shops in the past, don't you think? The exception was Little India lah. ;p

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    2. last week i went to Brickfield and it was really lots of Indian shopping there.
      do Deepavali feel..

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    3. But definitely less crowded at the main street now as all the stalls are relocated elsewhere, right?

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  3. copy and paste from google about the facts of deepavali and kolam?? hahahaha~~

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    1. I google things up for reference but I don't do copy and paste. There's like 10 sites I read up, just to write that boring and short post up there. So sue me.

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    2. I never know so much history about Deepavali.. except I know it is a festive of lights..

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  4. I'm fascinated by the kolam features. I hope to see my customers' kolam creation soon when they post on my shop's facebook.

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    1. Will you post them up too, at your blog Wenn?

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  5. Enjoy your holiday!

    That busybody...even if google and paste, what's wrong with that? This isn't for a masters thesis or anything. Many other people may not know and would appreciate getting to read it here instead of having to look for it themselves. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Another public holiday in two day's time. I have another post up for it. No, it's not copy and paste. ;)

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  6. Where is your WHAT? (@_@)

    Wait. Google.

    Oh, it's a snack. Looks cute. What does it taste like?

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    1. Savoury snack, crunchy & slightly spicy & absolutely, addictively delicious. I'll bring some over in 2014. :-D

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    2. Yes, yes, yes, beware of this snack. Highly addictive, contagious and fattening. But it's a sin for not eating it XD

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  7. I know kolam but didnt know its also called "rangoli"

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    1. Dulu on TV kan ada segment "The colours of rangoli" for hindustan ke tamil shows. ;p

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  8. tarak murukku la...me also searching for murukku. J loves to eat muruku. But the murukku man at pasar malam not selling :(

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    1. Murukku man on Deepavali holiday kot. ;p

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    2. No one give me muruku, not even annay TM and thambee SK, wuahhhh!

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  9. later i geram geram i go google and make own murukku baru tau :p....

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    1. You can do it, Meow!

      I used to order them from one of the Directors' drivers. He buys them from Nilai ke mana ke... Quite nice also.

      Long time didn't buy because I don't eat them much. Usually just buy them and give to FIL. ;)

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    2. Heard it's quite tedious to make muruku. Need high skill otherwise the muruku will turn out like "masuk angin", not crispy - potong steam saja!

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  10. Happy holiday!
    Just came back from a trip :)
    Hope you had a good rest before going back to work tomorrow.

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    1. Rest one day, work one day and then rest again on Thursday, ECL! :)

      How was your trip? ^^

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  11. Happy Deepavali and Happy Holiday!! Though I was working today!

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    1. Earning lots for working today I bet! ;p

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  12. I have Indian neighbours, left & right. Yang sebelah kiri sambut dua2, Christmas & Deepavali..so mesti we all dapat mutton kari & muruku selalu hehe..alamak ada muruku dlm pantry cabinet..hmm

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    1. mutton curry - my boys' fave tu. :-)

      riuh x dgr dum dum dam mercun kat sans? Kat sini, meriah sunggih, kalah CNY :-P

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    2. Riuh jugak...dari malam tadi! Kat sini kalah sikittt je dari CNY hehe

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  13. happy Deepavali @ Diwali to all my Indian friends out there... I used to go beraya to my friend house last year I think.. His mother cooked us the bestest chicken masak merah with madu n nasik briyani I've ever had... Goshhh... So addictive, I kept on tambah nasik... Super yummy!!! That was my 1st time visiting on Deepavali... =D

    All the best kak lina for your Penang HM debut... running in the bunny ears again? Hehehe, holler at me ok!!!

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    1. all the nest to you. Bagus ni, deepavali leh carboload mkn briyani n curry. Kekeke

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  14. so what they will do to the Kolam after deepavali?
    throw the rice or cook it?

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    1. dunno wor... Never ask... But what do you usually do to offerings? Can eat ke?

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  15. I have a lot of Indian workers in my factory..
    they created a kolam in my front office..
    looks very nice..

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    1. way, nice. You got take photo of it or not? :-)

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  16. The celebration here is very minimum. Saw kolam in Tesco, and that's it. I don't even see the kolam in our usual shopping mall, because the atrium is being rent for some mental math activities. Maybe they made the kolam in a hidden corner. Boohoo!

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