Back in Gainesville my friends and family are doing their rounds—both in seeing house kolus at friends’ homes and dancing around the Goddess on the garba floor.
Here on Guam, no such event took place, to my disappointment.
I was however able to meet several members of the community through a dinner hosted at the Indian Temple of Guam to celebrate Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’s (“Ammachi’s”) birthday…something I never saw myself doing, but I was starved for some Indian company, and Ammachi is considered a “Goddess” in her own right. I’ll just have to consider this an alternative way to celebrate Navarathri on an island where Hindu human resources may be limited.
I saw a lot of new faces and even got some people interested in putting together a small program for Diwali.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it materializes soon, since time is running.