Kojagiri, the moon festival…

Celebrating the moon and the harvest!

Tradition believes that the rays of the full moon are beneficial to us, especially the one during the season of Sharad. One of the ancient customs observed during Kojagiri is to make a rabdi, a thickened milk preparation or a milk kheer and keep it in the light of the full moon for a few hours before eating it. The rays of the moon are supposed to infuse the rabdi with curative properties, beneficial to our health.

By the light of the silvery moon

A night celebration is often held, where people get together with friends and family, sing songs, share stories and after a night of joy and laughter, they partake of the moonlight-infused kheer or rabdi together. It’s a beautiful way of celebrating the season, the harvest and the moon. 

Sartorial Traditions for Kojagiri

Normally the colours of the moon — white, cream, pale gold and silver are the colours associated with Kojagiri Poornima, also called Sharad Poornima. All white ensembles, all white food and the customary kheer or rabdi are what makes Kojagiri so special and different from other festivals.

Moonlight beauty!

Can the moon hope to outshine you? This all white, elegant outfit has a beautiful mix of the traditional and the modern. Heads will turn! 

White and Cream Sensation

The pale cream of a long, graceful kurta with white pants makes for a classic Kojagiri ensemble. Look the part and give the moon a run for its money! 

Lace and Moonlight

Lace is just so beautiful for Kojagiri. Team with white palazzos to create a look that’s both pretty and pristine.

Maiden in White!

 

Agleam in white, drift in and out of the moonlight and the silvery shadows it casts on terraces and trees. Enjoy the charm of this unique festival.

 

 

Moonlight serenades, music, laughter and friends… with the cool, transitioning-to-winter nights of autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. This is also that time of the year when the harshingar (Nyctanthes arbotristis), the saptaparani (Alstonia scholaris) and the madhumalati (Combretum indicum) are in bloom, spreading their delightful fragrance into the air…no wonder Kojagiri is such a special occasion.


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