Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Buddha

This week was Siddhartha Gautama's 2000somethingth birthday, and Hong Kong was full of celebrations. I took a ferry to the home to the world's largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha-- not to be confused with the Leshan Buddha, the world's largest carved Buddha statue.

The celebrations involved washing small statues of Buddha and burning lots and lots of incense. The temples were filled with offerings of flower bouquets and piles of fruit.

Pretty flowers.
Image credit: Travelblog.

On the climb up to the top of the hill, people stopped and genuflected towards the statue, touching their heads to the ground. His chest has a "swastika".

There were many celebrations throughout the day, including a kung fu demonstrations by Shaolin monks, face changers, and some strength acrobatics. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to go see any of the dragon dances or bun making festivals.

Someone buy this guy a fire rope dart.

Giant incense sticks.

Small waterfall visible from the Path of Wisdom

I must admit I am shockingly ignorant about Asian religions, so I apologize for not writing more about the rituals.

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