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Gadbade Festival in Northern India

When I went to India last month, I got a chance to attend all the major festivals at home. It was an experience which I had been looking for since my childhood when I had moved out of town for studies, then work, then eventually out of the country for work again.

I visited my birthplace Nahan after a long time and got a chance to see my grandparents who were equally excited to see after more than a year. I discussed with my grandfather about the festivals and rituals which we used to follow and their significance. Despite being a candid discussion, I actually recalled and learned a lot. As a child, I was never too patient to understand why we celebrate some festival as I would always be after the festivity treats, sweets, foods, gifts etc.
Nahan town.
I visited my grandparents on October 11, 2011, this year which eventually was the Sharad Poornima day according to the Hindu calendar. As a part of the annual ritual I got a gift from my grandmother for ‘Gadbade’ festival and I recalled about the same in a flash. I wasted no time in deciding that I would write a blog entry about this festival as very fewer people know about it and it would be an interesting read for many of my friends.
Local market at Nahan.
I have seen that people know very well about Diwali and even the non-Indians seem to know it very well as a layman as they usually witness some Diwali festivity in their countries when Indians celebrate it there. Even in New Zealand, many kiwi people know about it and appreciate it. :)

Anyway, here is a reference link from Wikipedia which would be interesting :-
A Gadbada. :)
Although I wanted to write about it the same day, however, the festive season kept me so busy that I am here writing about it exactly after a month. That day however I searched the internet about this Gadbade festival and I was amazed to see some blogs already present. I thought it has made my job a bit easy.

So here I go copying and pasting the contents although I have tried to intimate the authors so that it might not look like a copyright violation. Moreover, the way the author has written this post about Gadbade festival, I need not improve on it or add anything to it. I mean the current content is awesome and I’d be copying it as it is.
Enlightened Gadbada.
In India, some festival is celebrated almost every week esp. in the period intervening between Raksha Bandhan and Diwali. One such festival is 'Gadbade', which is celebrated in Haryana on Sharad Purnima which falls in the month of Oct or Nov. On this day, the Moon is brightest in the entire year. On this festival, moonlight or Prakash is worshipped. The festivities start in the evening. Gadbade is the name of the earthen pot with holes, which are lighted with diyas . In the evening these pots are painted and are worshipped after the moon is visible in the sky. One Gadbada each is lit for each family member. After the puja, the elders of the family and neighbourhood place coins in the pots of children as the mark of their good wishes and ashirwad. After that, the Gadbade are placed in corners of the house to ward away the Andhkar. 

Some myths are also associated with Sharad Purnima. It is believed that on this day moonlight has special powers, like the eyesight of the person putting the thread in needle repeatedly improves. Also eating kheer placed under moonlight is supposed to cure many diseases like asthma.

Here's another piece of writing which I found online:-

Gadbade - not all villagers celebrate it, but its a cool festival I ever seen. Children gather in small groups and light candles in small earthen pots and then they go to the other people houses during night time around 7 pm - 10 pm and sing a song "Naccho Naccho meri gadh badi yo, Naccho naccho meri gad badi yo!!" which means "Dance - dance my little lamps" and the elder people give them some money usually in CENTS and children become excited and next day they end up at the shop to buy some toffees for the money they received last night.

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