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Worshiping, playing, and working

A country in festival

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Today started early with photos from the rooftop of our hotel into the square. Already, Kathmandu Valley had been up for a while with markets being prepared, traffic on the streets, and (for the festival) parades of drums and cymbals. I was fortunately prewarned of these things and had earplugs on hand!

The celebration Of Dashain is ongoing. Here is what Wikipedia had to say on the issue "It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Bikram Sambat annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people, along with their diaspora throughout the globe. It is the longest and most anticipated festival in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and North Indian hills. People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together. All government offices, educational institutions and other offices remain closed during the festival period."
Fortunately, most tourist services go on as normal! There is celebration of different Hindu gods or goddesses on various days. There is crazy traffic as people go to their family's homes with many leaving Kathmandu for the countryside. There is animal sacrifice. I was happy to learn that the animals are eaten at family feasts rather than burned! For many, this may be one of the only times that meat is eaten during the year.

On this particular day of Dashain we witnesses much worship

We encountered many either playing, or out and about in their festival best

And for all of the celebration, work still needs to be done. This is not a country with Wal-Mart, Target, or Schnucks. It is a country of small shops with many stops required to obtain the basics.
Markets are open in the squares every morning and evening with daily shopping required to get fresh and safe food. The upside is that the food is VERY fresh in some cases.
With indoor plumbing not the norm, even getting water is a chore requiring a visit to public wells.

All of this adds up to a whole lot of work to complete daily tasks that are much easier at home. I have mentioned before that the logistics of this city are amazing. There are contradictions everywhere. There are live chickens sold in the market twice daily, but great cell service everywhere and everyone on their phones just like everywhere else in the world. All if this is happening as earthquake recovery is ongoing with many treasures flattened, amazingly, not only the treasures, but other buildings, are being restored not to a modern look, but in keeping with the artistry evident everywhere. And, behind the facades, reinforced concrete lintels and framing will hopefully keep these treasures standing the next time.

Posted by wangard 09:35 Archived in Nepal

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