Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Celebration to Vishwakarma

So the Thimphu Tsechu was going on all at Tashichoddzong (Wikipedia has some wicked pics of the place) the whole weekend, but the real party was on the streets, where the machine workers of Bhutan were celebrating the Vishwakarma Puja. Vishwakarma is the seventh son of Brahma, and is a mechanical genius who even made several flying machines. In his honor, on Friday every construction site and machine shop took time off, built either an altar or a small temple to get down in, and partied like mad crazy. Hella Bollywood. Saturday morning everyone piled into the back of the umpteen construction trucks driving around Thimphu and just went around cheering and pumping their fists. One Christmas-tree like truck after another, just loads and loads of mostly Bengali men shouting uproariously at you.

You can read more about the Vishwakarma Puja here, here, or here.

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