Vesak in Kandy, May 13, 2006 - 2

At 7 PM, Krishantha, a tuk-tuk driver, picked us up. For the next five hours we rode around Kandy and Peradeniya. Some of these are lanterns, made of various materials, both processed and natural. Others are "pandals," lighted boards (some with 3-d images) depicting a Buddhist story. The very large ones have numbered panels. For these, the story was being played on loudspeakers. Many people, including whole famiilies, stood in the dark, looking at the the pictures and following with the recording. (Click on the image to see it larger.)
The Bodhi Tree, under which Buddha gained Enlightenment An ancient stupa, notice the pillars, exactly as seen in Anuradhapura A large pandal in a monastery in Peradeniya (a composite photo) One of the panels of the previous pandal (unknown story)
Another panel, notice the turtle and the yoke, floating on the water A lantern with many Buddhist flags Patacara, by the roadside Same as previous
Same as previous A lantern Buddha image, natural material Same as previous Rotating and changing color
Same as previous, no flash Same as previous, flash With musical accompaniment Rotating
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