Hello readers!

Happy Monday (or Happy “Wednesday,” as this week is a short week with Fall Break this Thursday and Friday). I’m really looking forward to Fall Break, not so much to relax and get rested up, but more so to get caught up on studying!

We have a Pharmacotherapy exam on Wednesday and Pharmacology next Monday. I had intentions of studying this weekend but that did NOT happen since I went home to the Twin Cities for the weekend and I will be going home again this upcoming weekend.

I went home to celebrate Navratri. What’s that you ask? It’s a Hindu festival dedicated to Devi Bhagvati/Ambe Maa or the Divine Goddess/Divine Mother and her various forms. It’s celebrate for 9 nights (Navratri literally means 9 nights in Sanskrit). The first three nights are dedicated to Goddess Durga who is the fierce form of the goddess who slayed the demon Mahishasura. During these three days, she is worshipped with hopes that she will destroy our inner demons and remove difficulties in our lives. The next three days are devoted to Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune (who doesn’t want that!). Finally, the last three days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, who is very near and dear to all students as she is the goddess of knowledge and wisdom.

Navratri is celebrated differently depending on the part of India. My family is from Gujarat, a northwestern state, bordering Pakistan. The main highlight of Navratri in Gujarat is garba, which is a traditional dance that is done in honour of the goddess. However, because we don’t have a large enough Gujarati population here in MN, we only have 4 nights of garbas that are separated over two weekends. This past weekend was the first two nights, and the last two nights are coming up this weekend.

Just in case you want to learn more about the festival, take a look at this Wiki link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri

Here are a few pictures from festival this past weekend (to accommodate the large crowd/dancing, it’s held in the gymnasium at Kennedy High School in Bloomington).

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Ambe Maa

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Durga Maa Slaying the demon MahishasuraImage

Goddess Lakshmi

 

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Goddess Saraswati

In other exciting news, I booked my ticket for Orlando, FL for this year’s APhA (American Pharmacist’s Association) Annual Conference. I’ll be flying out in March with a large group of classmates so it’s sure to be a great time, and it’s going to be warm! (Can you tell I’m already dreading the coming winter?!)

Wellllll back to studying! If you all can send me and the other P2s good wishes for our Therapy exam, it would be much appreciated!!!

Take care, be safe, and enjoy the lovely fall colours!!!

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