Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

For this weeks theme: Arranged

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In the fall of 2011, the Botanical garden in my city hosted its 20th annual Chinese lantern display. The theme was “The First Emperor’s Procession” with close to 700 traditional lanterns and another 200 thematic lanterns paying tribute to China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, and his impressive cavalry. The lanterns were nicely arranged in different settings throughout the garden.

I think the first image of the traditional lantern does fall into the theme of this week’s photo challenge as for the rest of the images, I felt it would be nice to share a little bit more about the festival & the whole set.

The traditional lanterns were hung along the structures and the pathways.

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Other thematic lanterns displaying daily life were displayed in different parts of the garden.

The most impressive part of the display was the emperor’s chariot and cavalry.

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These lanterns were Arranged in the middle of the lake creating a nice display of reflections.

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The lantern were handmade in china and reassembled in Canada. It was amazing to see the handiwork of the craftsmen and the effort that was put in creating the festival.

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It was a wonderful experience for me and my family. I hope you enjoyed these images too.

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Phir Milenge!!

Splashes of color!!

In north of India today, the festival of Holi is being celebrated- it’s also called the festival of colors. It is a two day Spring festival and the second day is celebrated with colors: throwing colored-water filled balloons and powered colors on each other, There is singing and dancing and the fun cuts across all ages, races and castes. The celebrations are exhilarating and you cannot miss it even if you don’t follow the precepts of the Hindu religion. My friend Mona puts it this way, “To me this is a celebration of culture and color…got no sense of religion…only one of nostalgia, laughter and camaraderie!”

I have such sweet memories of the time all the kids from the neighborhood would rise up early to prepare our balloon ammunition, position ourselves on rooftops and let no passer-by pass by without a splash of color, while mom would be preparing special goodies for the afternoon when the festivities would end. I am now thousands of miles away, no color infused celebration outside my house, nor any celebration planned with any NRI association. Although I don’t have any pictures of Holi celebrations at my house to look at, I spent a part of my day thinking of splashes of color.

First, some not so great ideas. The first shot I took was of this building in my neighborhood which recently got a face-lift and I took some pics while shopping at my local grocery store. Store lighting didn’t do much for me.

Some yellow flowers with a punch of red!

Then I got home and took some more pictures. The first one was easy, my daughter loves her colorful toy engine and blocks. Some colors, candies and chocolates and my colorful collection was complete.

Seeing color in ordinary things of life , made me smile. I hope it would get you too. If you would like to see pictures of Holi celebrations around the world follow this link .

Phir Milenge!!