Happy Sravana Sukravaram ( Friday's that come in the telugu month of Sravana (usually in Aug or Sept) where goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth is being worshipped) . Surprisingly I was told that it is a govt holiday for lakshmi puja in Andhra this time. Atleast I have not heard about it before. I did my schooling in a convent and I remember quite distinctly being called by my principal asking why I was not in the uniform that day. I told her that it is our festival and it is important for me to do the puja and wear my traditional clothes – swinging around showing off my pattu pavada ( silk long skirt) to her and apparently questioning her why we did not get a holiday on that day . I must have been in class 4 then :-). Today I am going for a lakshmi puja and I am so much looking forward to it. Though I am not a very religious person, I still like to be a part of such things – may be because it reminds me of home and brings back all those memories of merrymaking, rituals, family get- together’s and of course the yummy yumm goodies and feasts that are a part of it. Happy Sravana Sukravaram to all of you.