Living in 25 years of exile our community have forgoten our festivals too . Here Koshur blogger would like to reminds us our cultural festival .
Today is Telah aetham: This is a festival held on the 8th day of the bright fortnight of Phalguna month of the lunar calendar. In effect it is the culmination of the Shivaratri festivities as also bidding adieu to the shivering winter. To begin with, pooja is offered at home and a number of lamps are lit. lamps are made from outer covering walnuts. These lamps are taken to the river bank and floated on grass bases in the river after the prescribed pooja. Afterwards, old firepots, Kangris , are filled with grass. A long rope is tied to its handle and fire is lit in it. Then the kangri is moved round and round in circles rhythmically till the whole kangri bums down. Then it is hurled faraway into the waters of the flowing river. While doing so the children cry out, ‘zat tu toon, zat tu toon ‘; meaning that it is a flame, it is burning.
hope kashmiri pandits will celebrate festival to keep our cultural festival alive