Friday, August 10, 2018

The Festival


Copyright Ronda del Boccio

She is planting seeds in the pot. She struggles yet insists on doing it.  This time she has a young helper whose enthusiasm makes up for his lack of gardening skills. 

The helper brims with questions and she answers them more patiently than I would.

She tells him about the seven types of grains that are sown in a pot ten days prior to the festival.

“A harvest festival? But we are not farmers Grandma”.

“Maybe not child but it reminds us that we are nothing without nature’s bounty”


I join them to sow the seeds that bound us together.

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Welcome to a green Friday Fictioneers.  When I saw the photograph I was reminded of Harela, a harvest festival from the beautiful region of Kumaon where I come from.  The festival may have it's origin in agricultural communities but it is celebrated in the urban areas too.  An eco-friendly festival long before the word was coined.

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24 comments :

  1. What a lovely idea. Nice one.

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  2. Loved reading this! Nice take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you Susan, I am glad you liked it.

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  3. There's a lovely peaceable feel to this

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    1. Thanks for your comments Neil.

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  4. A lovely story that takes us back to what is real and necessary.

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    1. I am glad you feel that way. Thanks for your comments Linda.

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  5. Learned something new here. Great take.

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  6. That was lovely indeed.

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  7. Dear Subroto,

    Such a lovely story...simple and straightforward. I enjoyed the link as well. Learned something I didn't know.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, usually we are learning something from you :-)

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  8. Anonymous1:37 am

    So lovely that Harela is celebrated in the urban areas too. The pleasures of planting and growing should be celebrated everywhere. Jilly, Sugar on the Bee.

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    1. It is a tradition worth retaining. Thanks for your comments Jilly.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed your story. You chose a very good way of telling us about Harela, and left me, for one, feeling tranquil.

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  10. Very nice. Great message of relationship with nature.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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