Claudine Van Massenhove | Valaikaapu Celebration
The mother-to-be is loaded with bangles and smeared with pastes.The mother-to-be is loaded with bangles and smeared with pastes.The mother-to-be is loaded with bangles and smeared with pastes.The mother-to-be is loaded with bangles and smeared with pastes.That white Western guy joins the party as the sole male present.The mother-to-be finally smiles.Close up of the mother-to-be in the midst of the ritual.All female family members and female neighbors.Food is prepared in large vats outside.The rice cakes are cooled and laid in a bucket for distribution.Tamils always eat with their fingers.Happy faces during the meal.Young and old feast on different rice combinations. Spicy and with or without meat.What's not to enjoy on a day like this.Kids pick the crumbles of the banana leaves, which are the Tamil plates.This is NOT the line for the women's bathroom. This is just a group of women sitting in the shade of the house.The first in line.A colorful picture of ladies wrapped in their best saris.Everybody has a cellphone.Young and older.

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