Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Gokulastami!

 
Today Mumbai is celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. People have tied up clay pots filled with curd and butter across roads and as high as they can. They will then form human pyramids to try to break them open. I think there are about 5 different groups doing this in my immediate neighborhood and I have seen truckloads of young boys going around town to different celebrations/pyramids! Its a fun holiday to be part of, but unfortunately today we are again being hit with lots of rain - but people seem to still be enjoying all the festivities! Posted by Picasa

8 Comments:

Blogger Lisi said...

Excellent photo, colorful local life! It's really great, thank you.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is amazing! Behold the power of teamwork. Hee. Thanks for the story too, or else I would have no clue what was happening.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Akshay said...

exceellent little photoblog you got here, I found it especially bc I gain my employment by the capturing the city.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

This looks like great fun. Great to have all the community involved.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

Great photo, great fun for the boys. Ummm... do girls do anything?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Curly said...

Are they climbing on top of each other? Do people get injured?

An interesting spectacle to watch.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Wow =)

12:41 AM  
Blogger slaint said...

yes people do get hurt. it said in the paper the next day that 3 people were killed and 100 injured. not too bad considering how much went on all over the city!

and yes, there are now a few girls troupes - this year i think they won 25,000 rupees for breaking the pots around town (they are often sponsered by political parties and lots of money is given to whatever troupe breaks the pot!)

9:23 AM  

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