feliz cinco de mayo
“live every day as it is a festival. turn your life into a celebration.”
-shri radhe maa
image credit: accordingtodevin.com
The Onbashira festival is held only once every six years, (next one will be in April 2022), to metaphorically revitalize the Suwa shrines. The historic and lengthy event has been performed for over 1,200 years in Japan, and consists of two month-long components. The Yamadashi takes place in April, during which four very large tree trunks are felled by hand axes in the cemetery of a shinto shrine. They are wrapped and adorned in red and white, and then dragged by teams of men towards the Shinto shrines, who test their courage during the trial by performing “kiotoshi”: dangerously riding the logs downhill on rough inclines. The Satokibi, in May, sees these logs used as symbolic support structures. They are raised in the shrines by hand, while one man straddles the top, singing. When it is fully raised, and the man on top balanced many feet in the air, success is declared. A remarkable spectacle.
“to celebrate a festival means; to live out,
for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner,
the universal assent to the world as a whole.”
source credits: mental floss magazine
at the annual ann arbor city-wide celebration
a wonderful band from russia plays live
i may have agreed with a couple of little people
after a very fun evening
with daylight savings time in play
that it was ‘midnight’
as the bells chimed a different time.
“instead of hate, celebrate.”
we happened upon
‘dancing in the streets’
cellos playing rock and ballads
jewish youth band
instruments for kids to touch
drawing people into the street
it was pretty sweet.
i think the universe is pure geometry – basically,
a beautiful shape twisting around
and dancing over space-time.
antony garrett lisi