Photographer's Note

It has been since 1996 that one can see the Ganesh Lord in north part of Paris. "Ratha Yatra" (ie the Chariot festival) is one of the important religious events which takes place in India and Sri-Lanka.

This procession is the climax of a ten-day celebration for the Ganesh, elephant-headed god. Several men carry the chariot were that god takes place while priests are singing "mantras".

In Paris, it's a very nice event mainly organized by the community from Sri-Lanka which arrived in the early 80's. It is said that for such a community which had little opportunnities to practice its religion until recently, that day is a very important one. It's also a cheerful and colorful event which worths to be seen and heard. It looks like we spent few hours in India...

That boy was in the front of the march between several adults. He took is part very seriously as you can see on this shot. He was blowing in a shell at the moment the march stopped which produced a hypnotizing music.

I found this event very interesting as it stressed how family and community is important in that culture. Here in Paris, it's not everyday that we can see a whole family together from the grand-parents up to the little children. Around him, there were people from each generation.

Original picture recropped, contrast masking technic applied and USM.

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