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Wednesday, 20th May 2009
9pm to 10pm
Part 1 of 3
Food writer and presenter of Cooking In The Danger Zone, Stefan Gates, immerses himself in some of the more extraordinary feasts and festivals out there. By joining ordinary people in these distillations of their culture and beliefs, he hopes to gain an insight into how the world thinks and feels.
His first port of call is India which is a nation these days riven by religious tension and extremes of wealth and poverty. At his first feast, a hugely expensive showpiece Rajasthani Hindu wedding, he is shocked to see how much extravagance and social engineering there is on display. Yet oddly how little emotion is expressed by the participants.
He's much happier down south in Kerala for the festival of Onam, a Hindu celebration that brings the people of the whole state together - Hindu and Christian, rich and poor alike. Over the course of several days he joins almost all of Kerala's 32million population in sitting down to exactly the same meal - an 11-portion feast eaten with fingers from a banana leaf.
Still in Kerala, he joins in the Pulikali, the tiger dance festival. To take part he has his whole body painted (with household gloss paint apparently) to resemble a tiger, and then joins his team of fellow tiger dancers as they parade and dance through the streets of Thrissur
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