|New Year's Day Breakfast, Compliments of Friend S and Family
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2021 be filled with good health, joy, and prosperity!
My daughter and I greeted the New Year at midnight, listening to the fireworks going off all around us (they are illegal in my city due to the risk of fire, but, people tend to ignore that!), watching the countdown on TV, and toasting it with glasses of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider. Then, after wishing each other a happy new year, I boiled milk on the stove until it overflowed (for good luck) and made milk rice and seeni sambol. We had that, wished family and friends on the phone, and went to bed around 2:00 a.m.
This morning, friend S called to wish us for the new year and said her husband and daughter were on their way to deliver breakfast! The platter she sent is pictured above. She sent us two pieces of milk rice (at the top of the platter), with katta sambol (onions and chili mixed together) and ambul thiyal (a type of fish curry, cooked with a dried fruit called goraka, which preserves the fish) in the center; surrounded by various sweets, most of them traditional Sri Lankan sweets that are New Year specialties - clockwise: homemade marshmallows, aluwa, and handi kavum; halapa, mung kavum, and milk toffee; cubes of kalu dodol, konde kavum, kokis, and chocolates! Daughter and I enjoyed them for our brunch!
Afterwards, I joined the Temple's New Year blessing service that was online.
Daughter is going through her dresser drawers and sorting out clothes and accessories. She has set aside a pile of items to donate. I am relaxing. I will post my New Year's Resolutions and goals in a separate post. Tonight's dinner will be leftovers from the fridge.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A brand new year!
- Being able to celebrate the New Year with my daughter
- Online Temple services
- Friends and family
- Friend S providing us with a breakfast of Sri Lankan treats
I wish you all a very happy New Year; may 2021 be a year filled with blessings!