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Happy Dussehra: Stories, Recipes, and Dussehra Wishes for Your Family

Dussehra is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu religion, and it is celebrated this year on October 14.

This festival is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. Surf excel knows how important education is for your little ones – and we know that cultural activities can be so important for your little ones’ development and growth. It’s a great idea to do family activities around important cultural festivals and events.

Here is some information about the story of Dussehra, a recipe you can try out as a family, and a few Dussehra messages and quotes to share with your loved ones.

The Story of Dussehra

First, you might want to explain the legends associated with this special day to your children. Dussehra, as it is known in northern and western India, traditionally celebrates the fall of the demon King Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama on the tenth day of his war campaign. It reinforces the message that good always triumphs over evil. In southern and eastern India, Vijaydashmi marks the tenth day of the festival Navratri.

Vijaydashmi celebrates the demise of the demon Mahishasur at the hands of Durga after she has waged a relentless battle across heaven and earth. The message behind this legend is about good defeating evil, but it can also serve to emphasize the importance of women. It’s a good idea to share the story of this festival with your little ones, and you can also discuss how different people across India celebrate this day.

Dussehra Recipe: Chickpea Sundal

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Dussehra, there’s nothing better than sitting down to a special family meal. Here is a delicious recipe that you and your children can make together. Cooking is such fun for children. Younger children can practise their reading skills by reading the recipe, and then they can measure out the ingredients. Older children may be able to chop and grate ingredients, or even use the pressure cooker or hob under your supervision.

Everyone can participate – and that means everyone can get messy, as cooking can often be messy! Surf excel is here to deal with any stains, so you can focus on your children and your celebrations.

Dussehra Festival chickpea sundal

Chickpea Sundal

This is a tasty and filling dish for Dussehra! You can omit the chilies if your children do not like spicy things.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of chickpeas
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh grated coconut
  • 2 dried red chilies, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 7-8 curry leaves * 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of hing (asafetida) * A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee * Fresh coriander leaves for a garnish

How to Make:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight in warm water, and then pressure-cook until almost done. Drain the chickpeas and set them aside.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a deep pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds and hing.
  • Turn down to a medium heat.
  • When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add the curry leaves and the red chilies.
  • When the mixture starts to give off a strong smell, add the chickpeas and cook for 7-10 mins.
  • Add the coconut and salt and mix well. * Serve warm, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

Happy Dussehra Wishes & Quotes

Finally, don’t forget to share the festival feeling by sending Happy Dussehra messages or Dussehra quotes via phone or email to friends and family. Why not ask your little ones to think of people that they want to send a message to, as well?

Here are some Dussehra wishes your family might like to send:

A day of celebration and prayers, A day known for the victory of good over evil, A day when the world rejoices for the power of good, Let us live in the same true spirit, for it is Dussehra. Wishes and blessings on this holy day. May this holy day of Dussehra bring to you and your loved ones, good days filled with blessings and joy, And dreams for a year full of smiles! Wishing you a Happy Dussehra!

On this auspicious day, Let us celebrate valour, courage, and honour, Let us promise to live this year with goodness, And pray that good forces always triumph over evil. Happy Dussehra to you and your loved ones. Lord Rama vanquished Ravana on this day, Goddess Shakti destroyed Mahishasura, In this spirit, let us promise to fight on the side of good, To protect the weak and to live with honour. Long live the spirit of Dussehra!

How are you going to celebrate Dussehra with your family? How do you get your kids involved? Let us know in the comments below!

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