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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

moleskine travel journal part 4 : Maha Shivaratri

We were so lucky to be in Mauritius during Maha Shivaratri! Also known as the "Great Night of Shiva", it is the most important hindu festivals outside India.
Thousands of Hindus, carrying flower-adorned arches decorated with tiny mirrors, paper and flower garlands (the Kanwars), embark on a pilgrimage to the Grand Bassin volcanic lake. Once they're at the lake, they collect holy water, bathe statuettes of Lord Shiva, perform their Pujas (little lights on banana leaves and flowers are set adrift on the water and food sacrifices are made) and hold other special religious ceremonies.

This is Margot beeing blessed by an hindu priest :

These are spread 7 and 8 :

And finally, let's celebrate yellow today!


i.ikeda said...

Amazing! What an experience that must be. And all these colors and textures must have given you so much inspiration for your journal.

Rosie said...

Wonderful! Margot doesn't look at all unhappy or afraid of the priest - how cool is that! What a great experience!

Annika said...

Hi! Many thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I can see you've had a wonderful trip too! Mauritius is also on my list of places I'd like to visit, and your images and text make me want to jump onto the next plane there! :)