This week we set off equipped with the Fuji X-T30 ii an 18-135 zoom, Parr Punchy, Stu's Pastel Vibes and Manilla Chrome E-Films to explore the Hindu and Krishna celebrations of Diwali and the Festival of Chariots. Indian South Africans are South Africans who descend from indentured labourers and free migrants who arrived from British India during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The majority live in and around the city of Durban, making it one of the largest ethnically Indian-populated cities outside of India. I was born and raised in Durban and lived for many year around the Indian community. Almost all South African Indians are either Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, or Christian. Known not only for their cuisine and the famous Bunny chow, an Indian dish from Durban consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry, they bring a rich and colourful cultural diversity to the country. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights with its variations also celebrated in other Indian religions. It symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". Diwali is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar months of Ashvin and Kartika—between around mid-September and mid-November. Dance in colourful costumes form part of this festival. Performers are normally also adorned with elaborate costume jewellery and body paint. It is performed by young and old alike with joy and gay abandon. Food is a major focus with families partaking in feasts and sharing. The Hare Krishna also celebrate with a festival of chariots. During the festival, three deities (Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra) are drawn by a multitude of devotees in three chariots. However due to budgetary constraints the 3 deities were drawn in 1 chariot in this case.
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