Monday, June 1, 2009

Lilac Festival - A Visual Treat !!!


It was a bright sunny day yesterday, yet the breeze that blew was cool making it a perfect day for an outing. And what could be more better than enjoying the one day Lilac festival in downtown Calgary. I couldn't believe the hustle-bustle on 4th street downtown with endless colourful shops on both the sides of the street. The street was jam packed with people mainly young masculine boys with their lovely girls showing off. The pedigreed pet dogs competed with their owners for street space with an equal elan. Lots of multi cuisine food shops with lemonade, smoothies and beer being served in the patio.There was some magical spell in the air, the aroma, the essence, the people and music which was captivating and thrilling.

In one corner the magician was showing off his tricks and the crowd with kids were enjoying it immensely. Further away an Irish band was pulling crowds and just behind them the Havana Cuban dance studio members were performing what was a visual treat.

You name any street shop worth its salt and it was there. Everything from palmist, street massage, Hollywood hair stylist, traditional jewelery from Africa, paintings from Bali, Henna, leather stuff to house mortgage specialists and free dance club membership and last but not least police personnel stationed and patrolling. It had all the contents and masala similar to a street fair back in India like yeh fair or woh fair or this & that fete etc.

But the most astounding was what looked at first sight a statue on a pedestal but soon started swaying on the dholak beats being played by a sadhu. As I went nearer, Oh it was a girl with a golden body paint in a indian dress dancing on dholki and the man was in disguise of a sadhu. It was magnificent. . As I returned back it was late evening and the last sunday of May had begun to end. Some photographs through the eye of my cell.




23 comments:

manivannan said...

Glad to know you had a great time Sneha. You've admirably narrated it. Enjoyed the photographs too :-)

Great going friend!

Harshita said...

Wow! Sneha, post mein festival ka narration padkey aisa lagaa as if I am there. :)

Aur pics dekh ke toh bilkul hi paas paas lag raha hain... :D

Khoob enjoy kiya tuney hain!! ;) aur njoy karo and keep posting more....

Arv said...

I felt like I was there.. beautiful narration :)

take care mate.. cheers...

Shravan | ശ്രവണ്‍ said...

nicely narrated and good clicks sneha.. you made think if i could be there :(

Aevi said...

this reminds me of the 10 day Telus festival from Whistler in march. It was awesome...!!! i love Canada for its livelihood at times..

Sneha said...

@ Mani,
yes, i enjoyed fully.:)

Sneha said...

@ Harshita,

aaya na.:) festivals like this help in feelng u at home.:)

Sneha said...

@ Arv,
Thanks
Have a nice evening.:)

Sneha said...

@ Shravan,
:)
take great care of your self.:)
get well soon.:)

Sneha said...

@ Aevi,

I too love this spirit of festivals here and the inter cultural exchange.:)

have a nice evening.:)

Amrita~Ams said...

arre wah..tune bohoot masti mari :D

Sneha said...

@ Amrita,

haan mast day tha.:)

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ASWANI said...

Nice post. very beautifully expressed. Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog after so long. really appreciated. Keep smiling and keep in touch :)

Sneha said...

@Aswani,
Thanks.:)

SAHITYIKA said...

seems like so much fun..
kash mai bhi waha hoti.. :(

Anil Kant said...

lovely blog..i like it

Sneha said...

@Saityika,

haan I enjoyed the day.:)

tum log haotey tou or maza aata.:)

Sneha said...

@ Anil kant
Thanks.:)

Amal Bose said...

brilliant write up.. loved it..

Sneha said...

@ Amal,
Thanks.:)

Mahi said...

awesome narration! keep it up:) by the way, i'm back!!!

Sneha said...

hey sweethert,
welcome back. I am So happy to see you again.:)

vacation time Hmmmm.:)