Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Opening of new building for girls in orphanage in Mannar


I was in Melbourne when the new building for the girls was opened and my husband deputized for me! He is the one in the second photograph being garlanded!





This is a traditional blessing of the Tamil people!


Any move into a new building is first done with the boiling of milk - the milk is boiled till it overflows and it must overflow to signify plenty.


The surrounding flower shape around the hearth is done with colored coconut. The military have helped a great deal in the rehabilitation process - clearing ground, making it safe for civilians. These are military from the area.


The priests from the area.

This was a huge achievement for us all!!

12 comments:

Natasha said...

What an exciting and special day. Thank you for sharing your pictures and for explaining the symbolism behind the boiling of milk; I never knew about that!

Best wishes always,
Natasha.

mel u said...

what a wonderful day!

chasingbawa said...

It's really good to see some positive changes! Good work Mystica!

Christina T said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures. The orphanage looks really nice and I am sure that it will help a lot of children.

Mary said...
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Mary said...

Congratulations, Mystica. Looks like it was a happy day and that a lot of effort went into getting the new building opened. I'm sure the girls appreciate it.

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing this special day with us! Glad your husband was able to attend in your place. Thanks also for explaining the various customs. I know this will be most appreciated!

Anna said...

That's wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a special day for everyone. Thank you so much for sharing the photos with us. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What good people you are. Such a special day, and what a good feeling that must be.

Heather said...

This is terrific news. Thanks for sharing with us.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing the traditions; it's always nice to learn about other cultures.