Vesak in Kandy, May 13, 2006 - 4

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 path leading to the Temple of the Tooth Vendors beside the lake in Kandy From here to the end, all are entries in the competition displayed around the lake in Kandy
For the first ones, the electricity was off, so we did not really see them until we put the photos in the computer.
Aukana Buddha, natural material
Ven.Sanghamitta, King Ashoka's daughter, bringing the Bodhi Tree to Sri Lanka
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