Today is Laxshmi puja, the day to welcome the goddess of good fortune to visit your house. We checked the batteries of our solar lights, and strung the bulbs across our second floor patio.
Houses in the neighborhood are decorated with lights and candles:
A mandala will help the goddess find the entrance to your house:
Notice the red blur in the picture, near the mandala. Is this Laxshmi?
This looks like a traffic jam….
But actually it is cars and buses parked along the road waiting for gas. The parked vehicles on one of Kathmandu’s busy thoroughfares can cause the same traffic jam as if they were moving.
This weekend there was a brief three day spell where you could get in a line for fuel, but many were frustrated. That will continue. Here is the evening headline in the Kathmandu Post about the Nepal Oil Company (NOC):
Not much help for the vehicles stuck in the line waiting for gas or diesel. Also friends of mine told me that cooking oil had double in price, along with other food stuffs.
Our employer continues to take good care of us and our needs are covered. But our hearts go out to the people who can least afford this hardship, because they are the ones who are suffering the most.