Hello again from Purulia. Here is what is going on in October.
In Purulia October is special as the time when peoples’ minds turn to marking Jita Puja, the festival of family. However, in West Bengal and the whole of India really, people spend the whole month preparing for Durga Puja, which lasts four days and starts here this year on 18th October. In Dabar we finished the repair work on our school buildings. We are also having to face up to a disappointing harvest and future problems with our water provision. Lastly, Sundays at the school are busier than ever. Read more →
There has been a long gap since our previous Post but, at long last, here is one for August. A lot has been happening. August is always an important time for everyone here because it is when we concentrate on agricultural work. The monsoon blessed us with good rainfall this year so the farmers in our village are hoping for a good harvest. The rains just about filled the ponds, which are so important to us, both for daily life (for washing, bathing and cleaning) and also for Pujas, spiritual occasions and family events. In August each year we honour Ma Manasa Puja and celebrate Independence Day. In Dabar this year we also built a new dining hall, repaired the storm damage at the school and are doing what we can about the health problems that followed on from the previous months of drought.