Sunday, April 6, 2008

Buddha's Birthday

It wasn’t the sunniest of days for a birthday celebration but the crowd came, turning Christchurch’s Cathedral Square into a mini-Asia. It was officially the Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday & International Buddha’s Light Day. A few boring speeches were hurried through and then assorted ethnic dancers took to the stage in colourful costumes. Traditional Chinese music lilted through the Square; vegetarian food stalls did a roaring trade; and colourful monks lingered among the crowds. It was altogether a cheery and cosmopolitan way to spend a lazy Saturday lunch time.

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