September 2016 Calendar Printable

10:00 AM

September is here!

For many of you, abroad this signals Fall and the arrival of Pumkin flavoured everything. For many in India this means the end of the monsoon and cooler days.
Unless you live in Mumbai where you'll wish for the rain to hang in there as long as it can because once the rains stop it becomes hot and humid as hell again.
By the end of the month, Summer has pretty much reloaded itself for close to two months over here.

What is very "Fall-sy" in India is the arrival of Apples straight from Kashmir and other Himalayan States.
We get apples year round but they are imported the rest of the year. In September and October, they are domestic.

I love apples, and in the honour of their return, I made one the object of my September Calendar page.

September also marks the real beginning of the Festive Season in Mumbai, with Ganesh Chaturthi coming this Monday.
Shops around town are already selling flowers, idols, lights and modaks (a rice flour sweet dumpling).
Then later in the month kids will be on holiday for the Muslim festival of Bakri-Eid and Ganesh's Visarjan during which Ganesh Idols are immersed into the water.

Have a happy September!

2016 has come and gone, and I removed the links to the files. If you are looking for a calendar printable know that my 2017 edition is up for download, find it out in this blog post.

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  1. Anonymous10:57 AM

    “Fal-sy” sounds more like “Falsa” the red bitter sweet berry.

    September definitely is a whirlwind month. Before you know you are caught up in the festive frenzy. Everyone seems to be busy, we with our Durga Pooja, North Indians with their Navaratas (which is the same thing) and Marathis with Ganesh Chaturthi. Not to mention Eid. It is as if the entire India is celebrating.

    In my childhood, it meant transported to my secret Bengali world of Durga Pooja, for a few days, where I could discover my Bengali identity. I could hear the beats of the pooja drums in my ears. New clothes, sitting on the floor to eat the Prasad, cultural events etc. We hardly ate lunch at home. Simple Khichri Prasad turned into gourmet food. Oh, you should taste durga pooja khichri Prasad, it is out of this world. You would start loving Khichri.

    Now, we zip around Delhi, from one pandal to another marvelling at the beautiful decorations. Before we know it is all over. Then on the tenth day, when the idol is to be immersed, we think “Oh it’s over, so soon, mother, are you leaving us?? the fun just started”. Mother says “Oh I will be back next year, don’t worry”. Bengali women then play holi with sindor. It is fun. It is also the day when the otherwise serious Bengalis let their hair down.

    September also means not just celebrations but something else. Just before the Navaratas the fortnight of ancestor worship starts. A tinge of sadness before the celebrations. People go to temples and make offerings to their departed parents, grandparents and those ancestors whom they are not aware off. It ends just before the Navaratras, heralding the festive season. It is said that your ancestors come in your dreams during this time. Around this time, for some inexplicable reason I always dream of my father. May be what legends say, is true. Interestingly, the Latavians have the month of ancestor worship around the same time and they also have the belief of ancestors coming in dreams.

    So September comes with mixed feelings for us.


  2. Anonymous11:04 AM

    It also means delicious non vegetarian food. Muglai paratha, kababs, biryanis, fish fry. One big party. My north indian friends are perplexed. They abstain from non veg food during this time. I tell them, may god gave us special exemptions LOL.


    1. I'd rather abstain from all these non-veg rich food during the Summer than when the climate starts cooling down in North India :-)
      My husband doesn't observe the non-veg abstention, so we still eat as usual :-)

    2. Anonymous3:03 PM

      Only those who follow navratra fasts have to follow abstention.

      Btw the community to which your husband belongs is quiet fond of non veg food if i have not guessed wrong. They were the book keepers of mughals where the pick up this art of cooking non veg. The community is famous for tasty food.


    3. Yes indeed, the irony being that my MIL is vegetarian :-) The rest of the family eats meat though, and Lucknow is definitely a non-vegetarian foodie heaven :-)

    4. Anonymous2:59 PM

      I stumbled upon a very interesting story about the origins of this community. Once all the four castes were formed Lord yama the god of death requested Lord brahma the creator of the universe to provide him with an accountant to keep the records of good deeds and sins to transfer the souls to heaven and hell accordingly.

      Lord brahma created chitragupta who appeared holding a pen, inkpot and sword in his waist. He kept the record of sins and good deeds on a big fat book.

      This story is symbolic of the caste system accommodating people who has overlapping skills or speacialization and could not be fitted into the caste system. Fasinating tale.


  3. In Europe I used to love Fall and September, the days were still warm enough, the nights cooler, and the trees were changing colours and it was the time of the year I enjoyed being outdoors the most.

    In Mumbai, not so much, I already find myself hoping the rains stay a bit longer as I am not looking forward to the return of the heat and humidity. As fun as the festive season is, the yucky sticky humidity really feels like a downer :-)

  4. Anonymous3:05 PM

    The progeny of this chitragupta are this community that is why they are traditionally book keepers.

    The same happened to my community who were traditional physicians descending from the divine physician dhanwantari.

    Mythology actually indicates what happened with the intermingling of castes, tribes and communities.



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