I’m listening to KCRW.com right. The show is Studio 360, the guest is Bruce Stutz. He’s written a book on the various celebrations of spring held in the United States. Here in B’Ville, I think we’re still in the middle on winter, even though its late March, (well almost late March). Listening to the program, made me think of Basant, the annual spring festival held in Pakistan. I remember how people used to make sure that they had some yellow on their dress, and did lots of kite flying. It was always a good time. This year unfortunately, the government banned it, apparently because of the use of glass rubbed string (which admittedly was a big cause of injuries and deaths). Of course, there was the religious fundamentalists who always want to put a damper on everything cultural in Pakistan. Read more it here.


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