Pumpeii : An ode to the past
The ritual plate includes Sindoor (Vermillion), Haldi (Turmeric), Beetle leaf, ground rice, water and Prashad.
Pumpeii is celebrated on the eve of Diwali with a pious atmosphere. The
A remarkable part of the ritual is the burning of Kaunrias, which are stems of jute tree that have been stripped of the fibres. This acts as a metaphorical lamp for the ancestors to be guided to the land of living and bless their descendants. The ceremony carves itself as simplistic and holy for people of Odisha.
There are similar rituals for neighbouring states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh etc. The occasion is marked as a new beginning for the ancestors as well as their descendants on earth. The kitchens burst with the aromas coming from an array of sweetmeats and Pithas.
A well-known fact is that an
Now-a-days, fads from westernization have put a damper on all the traditional rituals as many opt to forego them. But Pumpeii continues to bring light to the hearts of many as a connection to their past traditions and cultures.
Below is a podcast that highlights the sentiments of a father and grandfather on Pumpeii and childhood nostalgia.
Podcast- Pumpeii : A nostalgia for generations
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