Today was another rainy day in Savusavu. Robyn and I were killing time sheltering in the marina cafe when we heard drums beating and people cheering. We raced to our rooms to grab cameras and umbrellas and went out on to the street to see what was happening. Our grey day had become a mass of colour. The street was full of the town’s Hindu people cheering and dancing. The women and girls were wearing beautiful saris and many people had their faces decorated with coloured powder. At the centre of the crowd was a statue of the elephant-headed god Ganesha being carried along the street.
We later learned that they were celebrating Ganesh Utsav, the culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten day Hindu festival celebrated in honour of Ganesha. On the eleventh day after a final offering of coconuts, flowers and sweets, the statue is taken to the water through the street procession and immersed.
It was great to see everyone having so much fun and to have a colourful break to what was otherwise a dull, grey day in Savusavu.