Notice too, how they are very alive to the sacred..... and nature..... as they used flower petals & incense liberally. Finally I was really struck by they homemade palm cross with the 3 heart like shapes, representing the Trinity, I am guessing.
Regard this as a brief footnote to the previous entry. I am giving you a peek at the "Hosanna Celebration". You've got to hear it to believe it. Well named. The actual ceremony took 2.66 hours, way beyond the present tolerance level of N. Americans! I got antsy I must admit. But then again, I was in the position of a child. I didn't understand what they were saying (they were singing and praying in Malayam) but the chanting and participation was magnificent. The laity joined right in--- back and forth, didn't skip a beat..... moreover, without a musical instrument. (sometimes they use a harmonium - a kind of instrument that is a cross between a squeeze box and a one-handed piano with billows! It is played on the floor and it is rectangular in nature. Come to thin of it, it has some elements of the bagpipes too!