CELEBRATIONS GALORE !!
The blog-week started with a Teitei guest going for a village visit – and me hitting Traffic on the gravel road to the village! Several cars! This just wasn’t normal.
Here she is on her return – with powder on her face and a garland round her neck. Side by side with All The Vehicles at the village
SOOOOO – what had happened is that an international rugby player was home from France, and having a huge wedding. The whole village was invited, and all the relatives from other locations were also coming for the big event.
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Then it was Diwali – the Indian festival of Lights … and fireworks … and sweets.
I got this greeting from Google images to put on Facebook for my friends.
The neighbors all set off fireworks, sending our dogs into panic attacks and also into our living space.
And many people brought sweets to share – I didn’t think to get a photo until this morning … still have some left. Thank you, everyone.
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Folks are getting prosperous. When we moved here 12 years ago, there was only one other family on this road that owned a vehicle.
Now there is the occasional traffic jam.
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Anyway, Diwali was Sunday and then it was turn for the Baha’i celebration of the Twin Holy Birthdays – and it was a bicentenary, the 200th anniversary of the birth of the younger of the two Holy Ones. We were inspired to give a celebration our best effort – here was the invitation.
But a party would have been utterly impossible without the help of our magnificent neighbors. Here are ladies cooking, and this is only a few of them – there were about 18 cooks:
These photos don’t do it justice. Started about 10:30 am, finished about 5:30. Chicken curry with 26 of our old hens. So tender. An ice chest (minus ice) filled with puri (deep fried flatbread). A cannibal pot full of aloo-baigan (potato and eggplant curry). Another cannibal pot full of rice. Lovo cassava (tapioca root) and palusami (taro leaf dish). Salad. Tamarind chutney. Tomato chutney. Oh, don’t forget the 150 hard boiled eggs. Man, oh man!
But first there was a little program:
About 80 people in and around the pavilion.
And dessert – 2 kinds of cake and 2 kinds of ice cream. The kids lined up over and over. ha ha.
And our own FIREWORKS!…… Our dogs were up on the hill with us – and boy did they take off!
The celebration was sweet and fun.
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I have a few photos around the farm, but think I’ll just leave them for next week.
Happy week, everybody !
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