FLOWER GIRLS DRESSES FOR LESS. SEND FLOWERS TO SRI LANKA.
Flower Girls Dresses For Less
- (Flower Girl) young girl up to 9 years of age that immediately proceeds the bride either carrying flowers or scattering rose petals.
- A young girl who carries flowers or scatters them in front of the bride at a wedding; a child bridesmaid
- (flower girl) a woman who sells flowers in the street
- (Flower Girl) Wedding ceremony participants, also referred to as the wedding party are the people that participate directly in the wedding ceremony itself.
- A woman or girl who sells flowers, esp. in the street
- (dress) a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
- Wear clothes in a particular way or of a particular type
- Put clothes on (someone)
- (dress) put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
- full-dress: suitable for formal occasions; "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes"
- Put on one's clothes
Late for the show! North Korea
All over the capital, the Arirang adverts (« Grand mass gymnastic and artistic performance », « Welcome to Pyongyang » and so on) warn the profane…Between August and October, takes place one of the biggest and most impressive performances in the world. The tone is set : even the Beijing Olympics ceremony can’t compete with the mass games organized by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The show is held several times a week and welcomes tourists from all over the World, including the US, in one of the most isolated and despised country on earth. The well-called « mass games » are designed to emphasize group dynamics rather than individual performances as the supreme emblem of communism. Prepared by hundred of thousands performers all along the year, after their classes for the youngest of them, they are entirely dedicated to the NK’s leader Kim Jong Il and his deceased father Kim Il Sung, considered as the « Eternal president » and « sun of the 21st century »… In the surroundings of Pyongyang's May Day giant Stadium, two girls are running to perform for the Arirang show. They are already dressed in their gymnastic outfits, as well as some 100,000 others who participate to the performance. They all come to honour their self-proclaimed « dear leader » Kim Jong Il, after a very hard and gruelling training, since their earliest age. Yet, it has been many years that Kim Jong Il has not shown up, formally for business reasons. But officials now admit the western medias’ assertions of illness. Anyways, Kim Jong Il or not, the mass games are held every year in Pyongyang, as a means for the regime to show to the entire world the country’s strength and good shape. To reach this sole purpose, not less than 100,000 people are involved in a choreographed show of simultaneous dancing and gymnastics. Many symbols are displayed by thousands of trained athlets, whether they are adults or even children. Hand over their heart, the young pupils sing in chorus "We are the happiest children in the world", one of the famous propaganda songs in North Korea. Many dancers make movements either with ribbons or colourful flowers named « kimjonglias » after the leader Kim Jong Il. All along the show, a live band plays a ceremonious music. On the background, some 20,000 young koreans sit on the terraces, facing the spectators. They flip coloured cards at a high speed to form a fresco of animated and detailed images, changing from one to another. Each time they turn the page to create a new giant picture, they cry out. It creates a awe-inspiring atmosphere, as the shout is mixed with the noise of thousands of pages turned at the same moment. The figures are stunning : to compose these images, 2000 children are needed to make only one soldier, 20,000 for a north korean flag. Hiding a much more grim reality, the panels represent Pyongyang enlightened by night, wheat fields ready for harvest, scientists at work, atoms as symbols of the nuclear bomb and others for the reunification of two Koreas. One of the North Korea’s myths (history according to them) is recounted by the means of a huge image made by thousands of children. It represents the two pistols reportedly used by Kim Il Sung, when he founded the Anti-Japanese People’s Guerrilla Army in 1932. When the pistols appear, the audience applauses loudly. Among them, many soldiers attend the show as the ultimate award after years of good and faithful service.The thousands and thousands of boys and girls involved create a giant mass movement in the stadium which leaves the public stunned. These talented performers are used to that kind of performance: in North Korea they have to dance, sing, jump and spin around as many times as there are celebrations, always in praise of their leaders. There are mainly two sorts of shows. The first one is the classical artistic show, named "Arirang" after the famous korean folk song (whose story sometimes changes, but most often recounts the legend of a disappointed woman who hopes that her lover will return to her –metaphor of the break-up with South Korea). The second one is a more political show, which was untitled in 2008 "Prosper our country" and intended to show the country’s greatest achievements and its struggle against the foreign oppressors. The show continues in the same way for one hour. Thereafter, the thousands of people present vanish in the dark and silent streets of Pyongyang, which contrast with the flood of lights and music in the stadium. Within the space of a few hours, it gives us a a strange feeling, between the real and unreal, of another universe both terrifying and fantastic. Dans toute la ville, les publicites d’Arirang (« Grande representation gymnastique et artistique de masse », « Bienvenue a Pyongyang » etc.) mettent le profane en garde …Entre aout et octobre, a lieu l’une des plus grandes et impressionnantes representations au monde. Le ton est donne : pas meme la ceremo
Kalash Girls in Rumbur, Chitral, Pakistan - June 2006
The Kalash are found in 3 valleys Rumbur, Bumburet and Birir. They are a warrior like people who ruled from near Kabul to the Lowari Pass. They are not Muslims but follow their own way of life and there is only a few thousand Kalasha left as many have converted to Islam, the majority religion in the region. If they change religion they are no longer considered Kalasha. Non-Kalash women do not wear the black dress with voluminous embroidery. Linguists think Kalash are descendants of Indo-Aryans who overran the region in 2BC. Kalash say they are from a place Tsiam although no one knows where that is. They managed to keep Tamerlane at bay. In the western side there were Bashgalis or Red Kafirs. Between the13th and 16th centuries the Chitralis gradually subdued the Kalasha. By the 19th century there were estimated to be 50,000 and they Kalasha were pushed to higher valleys of the southern Hindu Kush. Rudyard Kipling set “The Man Who Would Be King” here even though he never came here. In 1893 the British and Afghan governments drew a common border that took 2 years known as the Durand Line which cut through Kafiristan. Amir Abdur Rahman, the ruler of Afghanistan slaughtered the Bashgalis and any survivors were forced to convert to Islam. That area known as Kafiristan was renamed Nuristan. In 1895-6 many Bashgalis fled to Chitral and settled in the Upper Kalash Valleys and in an ironic twist of fate within 50 years they all converted to Islam. They are seen as Nuristanis or Shiekhs by Kalasha. Most Kalasha are Mediterranean looking. The men have largely traded traditional goat-skin tunics for Shalwar Kameez and Chitrali caps, often with a flower or feather in the brim. The women wear voluminous black or brown dresses reaching to ground, bound at the waist with a sash. Over thin plaits they wear headpieces decorated with cowrie shells, beads, buttons and coins. Ceremonial versions can be spectacular with exotic embroidery, mounds of bead necklaces, bells and plumes. The women often decorate faces with mulberry-juice tattoo’s, or pomegranate seeds, or blacken them with burnt goat hair which also serves as sunburn protection too. Kalash religion is complex and polytheistic with a single creator called ‘Dezau’ or ‘Khodai’ and lesser gods and spirits with their own responsibilities. The Warrior God named ‘Mahandeo’ is the guardian of crops, animals and other public matters and the female goddess ‘Jestak’ who cares for home, family and private matters. Goat sacrifices are common at their shrines throughout the valley. Traditionally the dead are buried above ground in carved wooden sarcophagi. Wooden totems or effigies were carved for wealthy or honoured people. The old style graveyards have graves that have fallen open and bones scattered. Tradition is that women are less pure than men and there are precise rules what each may do, where they may go and how to purify people and places. During menstruation or childbirth women are confined to the lodge called ‘Bashaleni’ or ‘Bashali’ – which is also shrine to goddess ‘Dezalik’ who looks after births. Men can’t go in and women must be purified after visit. Women may not visit most shrines. In old days ceremonial acolytes had to be virgin boys. The Kalasha love festivals. Typically the older men stand in centre and take turns chanting old legends or just chatting. Accompanied by drums the women dance around them, arms around one another’s waists and shoulders in spinning two’s and threes or trance-like encircling lines. Maybe day dancing or night dancing and some maybe closed to outsiders. Each valley has its own style and timing. Dates can be fixed at the last minute depending on harvest or other things. ‘Joshi’ is the festival dedicated to spring and future festivals. It includes day dancing and family re-unions and runs for 4 – 6 days in mid-May. ‘Uchau’ is held only in Birir in late September to early October. It includes night dancing with day dancing on the last day. It marks walnut and grape harvests and the end to wine making, though origins concerns return of shepherds from high pastures. ‘Chaumos’ is a solstice festival and the biggest of the Kalasha. It includes visiting, feasting and night-dancing for around 10 days starting in mid-December. In Bumburet it is closed to Muslims but not non-Muslim foreigners and then expected to take part.