Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Festivals galore! scenes from Delhi....

October ushers in the season of festivals in India.....starting with Dussehra (here you see scenes from Durga puja celebrations by Bengalis), Divali or the festival of lights, Guru parab for Sikhs and ending with Christmas.

The image of the Mother Goddess Durga, is shown riding on a tiger while slaying the demon; she is surrounded by her four children. This is a community festival, so people gather to pray, while traditional drummers play (and dance to the rhythm) and finally, free lunch (called bhog, after it is offered to the deity) is served to all, irrespective of one's class or belief.