The atmosphere had a fervent air of devotion that must be experienced to be understood. A young Burmese boy helps his father to light candles. The temple grounds were full of families spending time together.
Of course, there still a huge sense of a party, below, a group of girls take party snap shots and more fireworks. Meanwhile, in the town itself, the locals are having a lantern procession.
The myth behind the festival states that when Buddha descended to Earth, all earthly beings welcomed him with light, song and dance. I suppose that the only way to explain the scenes below is that it is a re-enactment of the legend:. As you can see from the pretty little girl above, everyone is dressed in their best. Below, an important Buddhist symbol, the White Elephant. Coincidentally as I write this, Singapore celebrates the Indian Festival of Lights or Deepavali; a occasion that marks the triumph of good over evil, of light breaking darkness.
After all, I am writing in light no?
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