Friday, October 26, 2012

Dusshera 2012

This year, our neighborhood was quite active for Dusshera.  At one end of our street, one of the major political parties here, set up a Dusshera celebration.   Here are some guys putting the effigies together and filling it full of fireworks!
They had quite the political statement for their celebration.  (Basically that expensive water, fuel, electricity, diesel, gas, etc and FDI (bringing in foreign companies like Wal-Mart) are like Raverna (the demon god)... and are the evils of today....)
 Here's their set-up at the end of our street.... you can't see it very well, but they had all three effigies there that they burned....
 They burned VERY quickly at this one... So quickly that by the time I pulled out my camera, it was already on the ground!!
 Our street looked like those CNN videos of rioting cities :) haha!!  There was burning stuff all over the street :)
 Many people will get a piece of the leftover wood/bamboo to keep in their house for the coming year as good luck.  
 Next we went to the school that is next to our house.  They have been having big celebrations all week performing the Ramlila (story of Ram's life).  My kitchen window overlooks the school... so we're really close.  We could hear all of the celebrations all week.  On Dusshera there were thousands of people there!
 We hung out inside the school for a little while and rode the carnival rides while the Ramlila was going on (I'll post pictures of the Carnival rides on the other blog) and when it got insanely packed, we went to our roof to see the effigies burn.  It looks far away, but it was really close... the roof that's in the picture is the school's roof....
 Here they are when they are burning... right on the ridge (I'm sure that violates some kinds of codes....)
It was SUPER loud!!!!  Here is the first one burning....
 Here is the last one (Raverna) burning....
We had fun hanging out with our neighbors on our roof :)  It was an eventful holiday!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dusshera Preparations

October 24th is a holiday here called Dusshera (or Dussehra - Click HERE to see older posts on Dusshera).  On this holiday, people will gather at parks, where huge statues of Ravana (the demon god) are burned at the end of the night.  It celebrates the triumph of good over evil.   Anyway, the other day we were on the metro and we saw where there were making a BUNCH of the statues and decided to jump out and check them out! 
 The girls thought it was so cool! :)  Aashini thought they were hilarious :)
 They have so many that they are making, that they are using space all over the place to put the heads, bodies and arms :) haha!   It made me laugh to see the heads waiting at the bus stop with people next to it :) haha!
 Aashini thought it was hilarious to be put up into his nose :) haha!!
 Diya did NOT think it was funny :) haha!  Poor little girl... :)
The big statues are made like paper mache'.   They sue these brown paper bags to make them.
 They also use this nasty-looking glue (in the black pots) that looks a lot like snot.... it was kinda grossing me out! :) haha!
 There were families that lived all along the roadside that are making these day and night....
 They are putting the heads everywhere!  
 Diya was worried about this bus... she wasn't sure how it was going to drive again :) haha!
 The heads are all over the place!  You can even see some in this picture under the metro in the middle of the street... they were everywhere! (even at the metro stations!!)
 Here's some smaller ones :)  I thought they were fun looking... I love the mustaches :) haha!
This is just another reason I love living in South Asia :)  You never know what you're going to see!