This week marks 2 religious holidays for us here in Goa. Roshoshana, the Jewish New Year, and Ganeshe Chaturthi, the 5 day festival celebrating Hindu religion’s Lord Ganeshe’s birthday. Preparations are already underway in Panjim for the festivities. Furniture vendors are set up for a mile along the park side walk with makeshift tarp tents. I took a taxi into town earlier today and saw at least 40 vendors, all plying the same cheap furniture. Told Scott about this miniature High Point market week and we both had a chuckle. Hindus all across India will be purchasing not only furniture but also unfired clay statues of Ganeshe to adorn their homes, only to be discarded into the sea at the end of the celebration. The earthenware supposedly disintegrates and is meant to be ecofriendly….but with the sheer volume of revelers like you see here in this photo grabbed from Google I can’t imagine it’s a good thing for the environment. Wishing you all a very happy new year– mazeltov!