VARANASI - A musical band, hordes of sweets and a cake, made a perfect birthday bash thrown up by painter Baijnath Sharma, for his pet parrot.
The birthday bash was held in traditional style as Sharma offered prayers at one of the numerous temples dotting the landscape of Varanasi, for a long life of his pet on the occasion of the parrot’s 25th birthday.
The aging parrot, which has lost all his hair, was garlanded and made to eat sweets on his birthday.
“We have prepared sweets for him and also cut a cake. We are celebrating its 25th birthday,” he said.
The birthday party took the devotees visiting the temple by surprise and the children were even treated to birthday sweets.
“We had come to pay obeisance to the deity. We saw that a parrot’s birthday was being celebrated here. We pray that all the hair that the parrot has lost grow back,” said Sakshi, a devotee.
No one however asked Baijnath how he came to know about the bird’s birthday. By Girish Kumar Dubey (ANI)