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Celebrate Womanhood

Hello readers!

March is turning out to be one of my favorite months. Celebrations are part and parcel of human

evolution, and March gives me loads of reasons to celebrate. The Spring season, the Woman’s Day that went by, the Mother’s Day that is around the corner, and me performing on stage a play about a Woman’s journey. To me, it seems like a celebration of feminine energy, the ability to produce/ reproduce, and fertility.

A few days back I was talking to a friend about celebrations, and she enlightened me about some cultures and rituals that celebrate feminine energy by celebrating Menarche. Some examples she mentioned were:

• Ojibwe people from Midwest America, who let the girls isolate in MOOD LODGE during periods, for restoration of their energies.

• Ambubachi Mela in Assam (India) is a celebration of the belief that Goddess Kamakhya is

menstruating in that phase – celebrating fertility and life-giving power of Female species

• Tikuna tribe from Brazil- Rain Forest send the girls on her 1st period to live in a house by herself where she learns her traditional skills of weaving, identifying medicinal plants, and caring for the family. She is then brought back in celebration of the Pelazon ceremony to declare her


• Hupa tribe (California) celebrate the Kinahldung (girl in her 1st period) by flower dance, a large feast, and loads of gifts

The list can go on, but it was amazing to know how welcoming some cultures are about Menarche. That set me wondering if Menopause too was celebrated with similar fervor? Though we do not actually need a reason to celebrate our womanhood, it is always nice to acknowledge that occasionally. To be honest, Menopausal age is equated to being old, loss of sexual desirability, and being shriveled up. It always is attached with negative connotations and added as an insult to menopausal women. Media highlights declining fertility much ahead of actual menopause. But research proves that in societies, where menopausal women are revered to be wiser and better, the menopausal symptoms are significantly less annoying.

Besides humans, many other species prefer matriarchal societies, where elder females lead the elephant herds or whale pods. These elder females are storehouses of crucial knowledge and once women are menopausal (translates to have stopped reproducing), they are free to lead.

This is an ample cause to celebrate and embrace Menopause with grace.

So, shall we dedicate one day to celebrate Menopause, or better still, shall we have a yearly Menopause anniversary.

My ideal day would be:

• Start the day by watching the sunrise by the mountain or the beach. Not to forget multivitamins

(easily available at FITAMINAT) along with a huge dose of Vitamin D from the Sun.

• Praying and Gratitude journaling

• Romancing the day with loads of flowers around, a spa day with soothing oil (check at FITAMINAT), or bubble bath

• Connecting over some Supercharge shots (available at FITAMINAT) with my awe-inspiring friends or elder ladies in my family

• Dress up and nowhere to go would be just fine

• Picking a book and doing away the techno

• Lighting up the candles and dancing to my playlist

• Little indulgence in that decadent chocolate cake won’t be bad either

So dear friends, go ahead and plan your day.

A day you celebrate as the “BEST-DAY-EVER”, every year

As you get wiser, bolder, and more resilient.

About the blogger:

Dr. Tabassum Inamdar is a dynamic Homoeopath, a passionate artist, and an adventurer in life. From Medical corporate to Academics, she has well balanced her left brain and right brain with equal passion for Art. A sketch artist since her childhood, she is enchanted by theatre and writing. She has been a regular theatre performer in Dubai. She continues life’s adventure by trekking, Sky diving, or marshaling at Formula 1 tracks. You may stalk her on Instagram @doctabu or say hello on FB @tabu.inamdar


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