Glossary

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Atta Gunna: Atta; chappati flour. Gunna; to dough - Atta Gunna to dough/mix the chappati flour, traditionally to mix chappatti flour and water until it is dough like. 

Baba: An old man; elderly gentleman 

Daal: Lentils. 'Masran de Daal': particular type pf lentil, yellow in colour 

Eid al-Adha: The "Festival of the Sacrifice", or Eid-e Qurban, which is celebrated to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son for God

Eid ul-Fitr: The "Festival of the Fast Breaking", which marks the end of the month of Ramadan 

Galam: Servant or slave; to be treated in such a manner 

Kala: Aunt; mothers' sister

Karma: Is the concept of an action or deed; In Hindu/Sikh religions understood to cause the cycle of cause and effect within ones life

Kismet: The concept of a person's fate or destiny; to be predetermined by God or one's faith

Geyser: term used for a boiler 

Guru: A teacher/ mentor; a person with great knowledge (Sanskirt; Bengali)

Gora: English; English man

Gori: English; English lady

Halal: Is an arabic term meaning permissible; often used in relation to permissible food for Muslims. Haram is the opposite of halal. 

Handi: Home-made curry; or to mean the pot in which a curry is cooked in

Haram: Is the arabic term meaning forbidden; in Islam it is often used in relation to food and prohibited behaviour.

Hunor: A learnt skill; sewing needlework etc

Massala: Traditional spices used to flavour curries; tumeric, chilli powder, garam massala

Mehndi: Henna placed on hands and/or feet  before marriage; also used as traditional hair dye; also a tarditional South Asian event held before the marriage ceremony

Mehndi plates: Plates adorned with decorations with henna/mehndi as a centrepiece; used as a dancing accessory to open the mehndi ceremony 

Nanny (nannie): Grandmother; mothers' mum

Nalka: Water pump used in South Asia; often instead of a tap

Nikkah: Muslim marriage ceremony

Rasom: Traditions; Specific traditions in relation to individual events

Roti: Chappatti; Home-made traditional South Asian bread

Salwar kameez: Traditional clothing worn by both men and women in South Asia

Savvala: Young boy who attends the wedding ceremony with the groom; often a relative, younger brother, nephew 

Taweez: A charm or prayer given to an individual for good health; muslim faith

Walima: Muslim dinner event, traditionally held days after the wedding