The beginning of the month was especially blessed with the welcoming of a new member to our household pantheon, Nossa Senhora de Fátima:
I’m not quite sure yet which godly power is behind the Lady of Fatima, but something tells me that she’s older than the biblical Mary. This stunning statue of the Lady comes from Galina who was kind enough to send it over as a gift. Here She is, bathing in bukhoor incense, a traditional gesture of hospitality in the Arab world.
Shortly after, our town fiesta happened, which is always a blessing of joy to our people, Catholic or otherwise:
It is always an honour for any man or woman to carry Her, our loving town patron of many years. She was exceedingly beautiful this year, our dearest Mother of wild dances.
[I will be posting a couple of videos later in the week.]
Here She is again, home after an entire afternoon and evening on the streets. Truly, a Dancing Queen.
Another festival honouring a divine mother followed right after as we celebrated the Maha Navratri in our home:
As the new moon of Ashvin rose, we welcomed Durga into our homes once again. Jai Maa!
Of course, no Navratri is complete without a visit to the local mandir. She was especially beautiful this year in bright crimson.
The other gods were just as beautiful in their new clothes.
We are a relatively small temple, but the place is full of stout hearts. It’s always nice to be in a sea of devotees.
Shiva’s coat was especially fab. (No living tigers were harmed in the making of the coat.)
Come late October, I revamped the house shrine:
Our Agathos Daimon now sits comfortably between the Holy Child of Atocha (dubbed ‘Baby Hermes’) and Ganesha, the ‘Hermes of Hindustan’.
And, of course, never a month without the customary thanksgiving dinner:
Of all the things we owe the Gods, this is but a small feast. This feast was dedicated not only for a month full of events, but also for our dear friend, Sannion.
Another eventful October, indeed, and by the looks of it, next year will be just as busy with the twin Great Mother festivals coming right after the other. Hail, the Spirits of October! Hail, the Two Mothers! Hail and hail again!