Friday, February 28, 2014

Maha Shivratri

Thursday was a holy day for many Hindus as it is the Anniversary of Shiva's marriage.  Shiva is the god of creation and destruction.  On this day, many Hindus will eat foods that have been prepared with marijuana and many will fast as well.  For more info:

It was quite a day for our team as well...I won't bore you with all of the details of the day, but will just give you the fun highlights.  After work we went to pick up the printed materials we needed for our Friday activity, her is what the certificate looked like:

On the way into the print show, I forgot to look for the oncoming traffic that could be coming from every direction and was hit by a bicycle!  It didn't feel great, but not life threatening.

Once we made it home I was tired and knew that we had dinner being delivered to the hotel so when people asked if I wanted to join them to go to the temple I decided against it.  THANK GOODNESS I MISSED THE EXCITEMENT!  They all went to the temple and of course you must remove your shoes and socks and right when they arrived a significant storm blew in Shiva's might was felt by the entire city.  We had lightening, then torrential rains, and lastly hail stones that was left a snow like blanket across the city!

The pool is on the 7th floor (the same floor our rooms are on) and water was pouring in.

Me trying out my mean face that is so popular here

On this holy day our hotel and much of the city only served vegetarian food, however somehow we were able to get food from a restaurant called Chawla Chicken.  Unfortunately, our hotel doesn't allow any type of outside food delivery to the hotel, so we had to be creative.  With the help of our local consultant we ordered the chicken and met the driver outside of the hotel.  The girls put the food in our bags and entered the hotel with no question(s) by the hotel staff.  The problem with our big plan "Project Chicken Man", was that we didn't order forks or plates, but we just went traditional and ate with our hands....was messy but delicious!

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