Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our World- the Festival of Dolls

 Tomorrow is the last day of the ten day Dassera festival in India. It is celebrated differently in different parts of India. In the South, women and girls arrange clay dolls in tiers and invite their friends to view them.
My neighbour had made this grocer woman  and the old woman below.
The festival of dolls has its roots in agriculture. Farmers dredge the canals and lake beds now, and sell the clay. Professional doll makers make the dolls, which are displayed during the festival, and safely put away till the next season. Little girls dress up and sing and dance.
Like all traditional festivals, the festival of dolls is also slowly becoming a thing of the past.
I am linking to Our World Tuesday.


  1. What a lovely tradition.

  2. Lovely take on the theme!! I think this is called golu?

  3. This is a tradition I'd never heard of before. Too bad the idea is fading.

  4. What a wonderful, colorful festival and it is indeed sad that it is fading! Superb captures! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Colorful dolls are very vivid and beautiful. It seems that some of them are Hindu Deities. I wish this traditional festival be passed down from generation to generation for a long long time.