Diwali traditions: bhau beej

This is a beautiful Marathi poem my grandmother told me. She nor I have any idea of who to give credit (wish I knew!), but I’ve translated the poetic verses of the Marathi poem as best as I could. I hope you enjoy the essence of this truly a poignant piece, translated into English by me.

(Shout out to every brother-sister dynamic duo out there!)

Everyone should be blessed with a sister.

Whether she’s older, younger, quiet, or mischievous,
everyone should be blessed with a sister.

An older sister would save your butt from your parents,
and a younger sister would be the one that needs saving.

An older sister is one to quietly put money in your wallet,
and a younger sister is one to sneak it out.

Whether she’s older or younger,
she’ll fight with you plenty, but
everyone should be blessed with a sister.

An older sister is one to pull your ear and make you apologize when you’ve screwed up,
and a younger sister is one to know she’s screwed up and says, “Sorry, brother.”

Older or younger,
everyone should be blessed with a sister.

An older sister is one to buy you a new shirt or tie every so often,
and a younger sister is one to decorate her own whims with part of your every paycheck.

In difficult times, she’s the strength that you need and can’t be without.

Everyone should be blessed with a sister.

“Save our girls, save our world.”

Happy bhau beej to all my brothers, and brothers of the world.

Yours Truly, AJ

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