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Mt. Kilimanjaro - 19,340 ft. (5,895m)

January 27 - February 16, 2013

Where Lucille has been for the past 24 hours.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Festival in Namche

Today is the first day of a three day festival that culminates in the Everest marathon. I should have stayed in base camp and signed up for the race which starts the morning of May 29th.

The festival started off with a parade down main street complete with men dressed in the traditional Tibetan costumes and had smoke from the juniper fires, horn blowing and the clanging of cymbals. The parade continued to the centre of town and there was a huge gathering. Many were wearing the traditional costumes. Women with their fur lined hats and the men wearing either fur hats or the white cowboy hats. The entire grounds were covered with the colorful prayer flags.

There were several speeches, and then two helicopters appeared flying slowly overhead. I noticed that they were dropping something out....it turned out to be flower pedals!
After all the speeches and singing and dancing were over they passed out plates of rice with almonds and raisins. Yummy. A nice way to spend a free day.

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