dahi handi, pot of curd (yogurt) signifying what lord krishna used to be fond of and eat. Now groups will build human pyramids and climb to reach the pot, break with their head (or a cocunut if they are woosy) and celebrate. Money is often inside the pots also and professional groups build pyramids 8 and 9 stories high to reach and break the pot and keep the money!
Wow! very impressive, Day 1 of frisbee in Bombay and we played in the rain.
I was pretty bummed when I arrived at the park and it was misting, there was high grass and trash everywhere and cricket ruled the fields. I did not see a lot of hope in us playing. But once Ada arrived and we walked out on the fields we (we means four of us) found a decent patch of free land to throw the disc.
Indian cricketers, mainly kids were very curious about these round plastic items and the foriegners throwing them around. We had a cheering section - "no don't throw that way, throw this way" and cheers of "yeah!!!", "good throw" on completions or difficult catches. plenty of ohhhss and ahhhs.
and we even taught some of them to play. There were some natural frisbee throwers out there! We even managed to have a game of three on three 'hotbox', the new local players were diving into the mud to catch the frisbee and quickly grasped the strategy.
Was a fun time! even during the 10 minute down pour.
So this Sunday we are attempting it again....there is hope for frisbee in Bombay yet!
sunday, october 2nd was gandhi's birthday. October 4th was the start of a festival, dasera, or navarathri here in the south of india. it is 10 days, the first three honoring Durga (overcoming negatiave tendencies or jealousy, greed and passion or vasanas inherent in humans) then the goddess Lakshimi signifies the establishment of possitive tendencies, afection, charity and forgiveness etc. and the last three days are to Saraswati and signifies gaining supreme knowledge of the self.
next diwali starts, festival of lights and end of Hindu year. it has become commercialized though it is an "auspicious" time to buy things. very convenient to businesses! there are lots of advertising now. like christmas in the US.
that is something that I think is sad about India, the aspiration for western lifestyle and its associated consumerism : (