Note 1 - In November, six days after Moon has started her growth toward full, Banaras become sugar cane crazy… Everywhere, you'll see men walking with heavy sugar cane stick on their shoulder.
New harvest are offered to Sun, women fast for three days, ask long life for husbond and sons. It’s called « surya shasti », « the sixth of the sun ». Sun is source of light, power, strength… Only one sun for all of us in this wold. Hindi has more than ten words for it.
Before dawn, when night is still dark, women go down to the river singing auspicious song, set all fruit baskets and cakes prepared for the occasions, and enter river Ganga. They stand still with join palm, holding encense sticks, praying. It’s freezing at that time of the year, but here they are, in the dark, waiting for the sun… Same woman one hour later next picture.