Dussehra Festival

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, India | 2 comments

Date of travel: 10/24/2012

I usually try my best to find out about festivals in the particular country we are at. Indian people like to party and there are so many festivals in different locations that I gave up on my research. It was a nice surprise when after a long day of cycling we walked out of our hotel to get some dinner and got to experience a really neat festival. The name is Dussehra and it celebrates the prevalence of good over evil. The festival was held in a large square with huge wooden statues set up in the middle. Thousands of people were gathered. Someone was counting down in Hindu through a loudspeaker and then suddenly one of the statues was exploding with big fireworks while everyone was cheering.

Dussehra Festival

Exploding Statue at Dussehra Festival

We had just gotten there when it happened and a couple minutes later the first people noticed us and started shaking our hands and circling tightly in on us. Everyone stared and then they started grabbing us because they wanted us to see their dressed up goddesses that were on a podium. We got pushed over there and in front of them. We didn’t really know what to do and felt a bit awkward when we were told to kiss their feet. It must be an honor to all the people in the square to get so close to them.

Hindu Deities at Dussehra Festival

Hindu Deities at Dussehra Festival

Dussehra Festival

At Dussehra Festival

Dussehra Festival

Anja Meeting the Hindu Deities at Dussehra Festival

We then got pushed over further to another podium where we were introduced to a congress lady who was in charge of the festival. She asked us if we wanted to come to her home for dinner. Since we were hungry and getting dinner had been our original plan, we agreed. We had a very nice time at her house. We learned a lot about how she owned several businesses and had founded schools of which many were specifically for girls. She even had received an award as “Best Citizen of India”. It was truly an honor for us to meet her and her family and be invited to her home. It was also fun to meet their little pet monkey!

With Indian Congress Lady

With Indian Congress Lady

Indian Thali Set

Indian Thali Set

At Dinner

At Dinner

All India posts:
Part 1 – A long day – Crossing the border into India
Part 2 – Cycling in India 
Part 3 – Feeling like Superstars
Part 4 – A super-cheap amusement park? Heck yes!
Part 5 – Dussehra Festival
Part 6 – Agra and the Taj Mahal
Part 7 – Delhi
Part 8 – Staying on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir
Part 9 – Yoga in Rishikesh   &   Leaving India
Final Part – I.N.D.I.A. – I will never do it again! 

2 Comments

  1. Oh, my gosh! This looks so cool! I can’t believe you got to meet a pet monkey, just like in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The colors are gorgeous. What a unique experience! I so wish we could have gone with you this time. Love the pics!

  2. I hear India smells really bad. How was it were you were? Did you kiss the feet of the gods? Keep up the great posts.