Divali night @ Curepipe.
Ah, it’s a Hindu festival of lights.
I can only puzzle over this sentence:
« The female members of the household with their pooja thali in hand perform aarti while all the family members seek the blessings of the Almighty for a healthy and prosperous year. »
I think it is Diwali in Nepal that they sacrifice the animals to the vehicles to keep them safe for the coming year–or maybe I’m thinking of some other holiday. It made me really nervous to fly on an airplane that was kept in the air by a having a sheep sacrificed on it.
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It made me really nervous to fly on an airplane that was kept in the air by a having a sheep sacrificed on it.
Thank God for some people it hadn’t been a goat.
However, I haven’t heard about sacrifices being made for Divali (or Dipavali as it is called among Tamils).
Oh dear, I just checked my Lonely Planet guidebook, and I’m afraid Nepal isn’t a very safe place for goats. It wasn’t a sheep at all. The name of the holiday is Dasain, though, sometimes called Durga Puja. It’s a 15-day holiday ending on the first full moon of late September or early October. This will really make you think twice about Royal Nepal Airlines.
Their Deepvali festival is also called Tihar and is a 5-day holiday; the third day, Lakshmi’s Festival of Lights, falls on the new moon. On the first day crows are honored with rice offering, the second day it’s garlands of flowers for dogs, the third day is for painting cow horns silver and gold, and the fourth day, « bullocks are honoured » (I suppose they mean « bulls » and « honored »), but it doesn’t say how.
Doorga Pooja and Diwali are different festivals. We had the first one earlier this month and the second on Saturday. In Mauritius we don’t do sacrifices either for Doorga Pooja or for Diwali. At the end of August, only statues of Ganesh were « sacrificed » when immersed in water during Ganesh Chathurti.
I rather like Ganesh, but my favorite is Saraswati, since I heard she was the patron of scholars. There is an important shrine to her in Nepal behind the Swayambhunath temple where students go during exam time. I wasn’t sure of the exact ritual, but I figured cash money is welcome in any religion, so I made a small donation. I was not disappointed at exam time.
In Ethiopia, there is immersing at Timkit; people immerse themselves in the church ponds. Also the priests bring out the replicas of the tablets in the Ark of the Covenant (wrapped so no one can see them) and immerse them in the pools.
Then you might like the fact that, as seen on the first picture above, a Catholic church was illuminated for the Hindu festival of light.
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