Carnivale!

11Dec06


dancers at darjeeling carnival

The 10 day long Darjeeling Carnival, which made its debut in 2003, has kicked off again this year.

From wikipedia:

“The Darjeeling Carnival, with the high quality portrayal of the rich musical and cultural heritage of Darjeeling Hills as its central theme, is today one of the biggest community celebrations in Darjeeling’s history, demonstrating the potentials and possibilities of collective and pro-active community motivation and mobilisation in making the Darjeeling Hills a better place for all.”

I found this interesting blog dedicated to the Darjeeling Carnival created by Samir Sharma. Here’s the wikipedia article describing the 10 day long festival.

This is one of those things that the people of Darjeeling sorely need, and I’m thrilled that it’s been growing nicely ever since it’s inception. I only wish I could be there now. Darjeeling holds so many special childhood memories for me, and I can imagine how lovely it looks now. I’ll definitely have to make it a point to go next year.

Photo credit Flickr user southlondonsoul.

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