Tuesday, 18 November 2014

one last festival

while we were drinking coffee we could see lots of these floating in the lake

tiny taziyas - bigger ones appeared later in the day

it was the Muslim festival of Ashura   
the Taziya represents the mausoleum of Imam Hussain

the were crowds of men gathered at the ghat with their taziyas
big and small, waiting to load them on to the boat
(women and children were there enjoying a picnic but not taking part)

with a great deal of banging of drums in the distance the taziyas were submerged

later in the evening we witnessed the procession of huge taziyas wobbling their
way through the small streets of the town.    These were spectacular especially the 'Badi Paten Ka Taziya, measuring 35ft in height.    

we went to sleep with the sound of drums

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