Activity 1 – Complete Sentences

Please read carefully the selection below. You are given 10 minutes to thoroughly read it. Afterwards the teacher will give further instructions.

The Bread Festival, an Indian Festival

Many traditional festivals are held in India actually forming a yearly cycle. This festival cycle begins with the Bread Festival that takes place in the month of March or April. This festival marks the end of the cold season. People now stop keeping cooked food overnight fest it goes bad the next morning. On the evening before the celebration of this festival, the women cook wheat porridge sweetened with brown sugar. The food is set aside uneaten early the next morning. The women dress in their best clothes they carry the porridge with some rice peas and water to the shrine of Girgaon-wali Mate. They bring their youngest children, they chant as they march together: O Mata you gave us children now protect them from disease.

They move on the shrine of Kaintha-wali Mata. This is the goddess of typhoid. The same ritual is repeated. Brown sugar and candy are distorted to the children making it flutter its wings. This is supposed to ensure the long life of the children.

Sometimes the goddess is given sweet rather than porridge. This is especially true if the pilgrimage is done to fulfill a promise to the goddess for the cure of a sick child or a successful birth or even a satisfactory marriage.

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