A friend has invited us to attend Janmashtami at a local Hindu Temple. This is a celebration of the birth of Krishna, and it was suggested that I bring fruit and an image of the baby Krishna. In this paper sculpture Krishna is holding a stick of butter that is dripping, because he was full of mischief and he loved butter. He is also associated with the peacock, among other animals. So many wonderful stories surround the life of Krishna, and I am excited to attend this celebration.
Update: September 5th, 2015
Janmashtami at the Hindu Temple was a complete delight. People of all ages sat cross legged on the floor, singing and clapping before beautiful images, draped in flowers and surrounded by flame. Children dressed like Krishna ran and giggled, and no one seemed to mind. We bathed in light and rocked a cradle with a tiny image of Krishna, then we ate food fragrant with spice. A clear outsider, I felt completely welcomed and guided by all.