What makes a festival festive?
Is it the gods?
Is it all the action?
Is it the crowd of devotees?
Is it the zillion other kids in the crowd?
or could it just be...
Kaathaadis of different shapes,
A billion bubbles
big ball and apple balloons
screeech screeech screech..
getting your hands on these WMD's minutes after your brother got his apple ballon
click click click click peacocks
and if you are a girl, some lovely nai kuttys (puppies)
glass and rubber bangles
and some paasi maalais from your friendly neighborhood kurathi
and is it?
sweet panju mittai (cotton candy)
thengai burfi and perichchambazhams(coconut sweet and date fruits)
poovam pazham, malai pazham, rasthaali ? (types of bananas)
pala cholai (jack fruit)
Pattani, pori kadalai (puffed rice and roast nuts)?
Do you still have any doubts?
Didn't think so!
ps. All of the above photos were taken between 4th and 6th April 2009 around two sides of the Mylapore temple tank around the Vijaya store corner during the Kapaleeshwar temple utsavam (festival).
pps. The photographers mental age at the time of taking these snaps was approximately 7.258 years.