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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Halloween !! I am going to eat my words ...

I have always been opposed to the Halloween concept!! Not that it is not a fun festival in the United States, but the concept of why it creates such fervor. The thing was originally an Irish festival(am not sure of this) to get blessed by spirits of our ancestors and I do not know if the Irish(or anyone else) spend so much effort and time celebrating Halloween as the Americans ! This is not surprising since Indians in America celebrate Indian festivals with more enthusiasm than in India. However, these festivals dont catch on with the international community like Halloween.

Have always had arguments with my wife saying "it is a bogus festival to encourage consumer spending". Seriously, americans spend upwards of a billion dollars on halloween paraphrenalia, that I wouldnt be surprised if there is a "pumpkin lobby" or "trick or treat lobby" or "costume lobby" in congress right now.

This year I was more open to Halloween simply because our family celebrated the navarathri Golu festival (which incidentally is at least a few hundred year old tradition in south india, if not more). We were invited to a wonderful Halloween/Diwali party today. One person per family was asked to carve a pumpkin for their kid(s).



My daughter had picked a really small pumpkin from a patch (as part of a field trip from her day care) and I didnt really have many options in terms of artistry here. But for the first time, I shut up and enjoyed the party !!


Next year, I plan to do a real masterpiece on a large pumpkin (Mona Lisa ? Last supper ?)... Okay, I admit that I have been suckered into this carving business..

In a few years, I intend to start a new American (International) tradition called Walloween where people carve water melons instead of pumpkins and the festival focuses on getting blessings from the "water gods". If I plan the merchandising right and appeal to the right market segment... just think of the possibilities !!!

9 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:06 AM, Blogger ioiio wrote...

first fotola apdiye konjam nimirndhu paarthu irundhaa.. Halloween symbolize panni irukkalaam :D

But I cud see that as a sincere effort to make the second one look more scary
:))

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:21 AM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

ioiio

chinna kuzhandhaingala alavukku meeri bayamuruththa koodadhu..

:)

did you see the harry potter scar I gave the pumpkin ??

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:26 AM, Blogger WA wrote...

Ha ha checked the Harry Potter scar after reading your comment, great job.

Ioiio, you still around-aa?

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:17 PM, Blogger Jo wrote...

Hope you had fun. :-) And that pumpkin looks scary!

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:45 AM, Blogger visithra wrote...

Inniya Deepavalli nalvazhtukal ;)

lol some things are great fun halloweens like that - so y miss it ;)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 9:10 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea wrote...

sundar: nice carving. Really took notice of the HP scar to your pumpkin.

Happy Trick or Treating and diwali.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:43 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

jo, visithira, mitr

thanks

have a great deepavali.

just got home and am now teaching my daughter how to give candy to the trick or treaters.

:)

have to find a way to get some kambi maththappu somehow (not easy to get in bay area) and have some fun.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:45 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu wrote...

Sundar,

Nice ..to see you carve.!! It is fun isn't it.!! I like the photo as well.!

This year my daughters carved it.!!

En pasangalukku Deepavali interest konjam kooda illai..But 1 weekah daily nightla...Halloween pathi pechu, costume pathi pechu.!!!

Good idea..!! WALLOWEEN.! lol :)

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:18 AM, Anonymous The Mottai Boss wrote...

Hey sundar....this walloween thinggy will be the best fit for chennai.

Imagine carving a water melon during peak agni naksathiram and praying to raingods for more water.....wow, this festival would indeed take off.....GO WALLOWEEN :D

 

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