In Front of the Kanwars

In Front of the Kanwars, originally uploaded by Minnesota Pilgrim.

The next time the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivaratri will be held will be on March 3, 2011. Maha Shivaratri in Mauritius is quite the big festival and is one of the most important Hindu holidays celebrated outside of India. It honors Lord Shiva.

The action takes place when people pilgrimage to the sacred lake, the Grand Bassin. This small video clip was shot at the north of the island at a temple in Grand Baie. The colorful parade float-type structures are called kanwars. There is always lots of commentary and debate on the radio and in offices on the island during this time of year because the pilgrims and the kanwars disrupt traffic flows.

A little Mauritius for your Sunday.


About Minnesota Pilgrim

A GenX Xpat who moved from Minnesota to Mauritius to France with her Frenchman lover. Multiple cultures, total bedlam, absolute bliss.
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