Yesterday Buddists and Hindus celebrated New Years on the island, and it was super fun.
Starting at 1:24p, everyone had to stop working and go to temple. They fast until 8:54p, do a couple ceremonies to see how their year will pan out and then continue to party the night away.
We had been hearing a lot of “practice” fireworks this last week, so finally we heard them all go off together. Unfortunately we didn’t see any in the sky, just heard the loud bangs. I guess they have different kinds here?
Our host, Chathu, was so amazing throughout the the whole day. After dinner, he invited us ( the 9 of us staying at the Inn) into his home to have dessert with his family and gave us a bottle of white Arak to drink. It was… Not good. I felt like I was in high school again drinking Early Times. And he expected us to finish the whole bottle, so it was a long night. We slept in a bit today
People are still partying on the streets today, with lots of liquor. It’s a pretty fun scene to be a part of. Next time, we may skip the Arak!
Here’s a photo of Chathu’s dad, also the cook, lighting off these bottle cap fireworks. He was like a little kid, and he was a little drunk. Also, I took these photos from under the table for some reason… I blame the Arak.