So we got ready for 13th morning packed some flowers and fruits and started. Aachi kept calling Amma to ask my favourite foods to be sent and prepared but we had planned not to answer the call and surprise them in person when we reached Aachi’s home.
We could smell the aroma of yummy food across the street I jumped out of the car and slowly entered home and rang the doorbell hiding behind the gate. Thatha was reading the newspaper. He came and asked, “Who is it?” then I screamed and jumped and hugged him he almost had happy tears.
“How did you come, sir?” he said. He calls me sir when he is happy. I ran inside to see Aachi running towards me with all smiles “Acho thangame vanthdutiya raja?” (My dear you came!). She calls me Raja.
She told me the festival would be boring without us, though she had already prepared my favourite bakshanam. I asked Aachi I can smell my favourite food, stomach is grumbling. She was so happy and ran inside and came with yummiest dosa with all ghee and we spoke and ate happily together.
Aachi and Thatha celebrate all festivals elaborately and narrate stories every time. I saw Aachi prepare obbattu my favourite, Thatha, Amma and I also helped in preparing it.
We all had a good lunch and afternoon nap. When I woke up the entire home smelled of sambrani. Aachi was doing pooja, Thatha told me its Moondram pirai- third day after new moon day and if we see moon and pray, all our wishes will come true.
I was so excited to hear it, and we all went to the terrace to see the moon, it was so much fun. It was like a race to see the moon first. We saw the moon and Aachi had a plate full of coins, fruits, flowers and a Ganesha photo to be seen after seeing the moon.
Next, Aachi was preparing for Vishu kani arranging mirror, jewels, fruits, coins, diya, seeing ourselves in the mirror the very first thing on the new year to remind us we are the most special part of it.
We all woke up and ran to see vishu kani as soon as we woke up before seeing anything else, followed by a bath, Pooja and kaineettam- my most favourite part of all festivals – where elders give blessings and money to younger ones in the family.