We celebrated a Lao Pee Mai, Khmer, and Thai New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 14, 2013. We had a good turnout, surprisingly more so than the previous years.
The weather was exceptionally nice, good weather to celebrate the water festival, but of course the celebration is totally different than from back home. It’s less water splashing in the US, and more shaving cream. Even this Persimmon tree got a little splash of shaving cream to ring in the New Year.
This is my first time seeing a Jaydee (stupas) made of rice bags and money tree center piece.
People brought in foods to offer to monks and there must have been at least 2000 tiny bowls, I should know since we end up washing the dishes.
I’m happy to see so many people visiting the temple, the Alms line went all the way to the back.
Food offering to the monks.
Jaydee Cide (Sand Stupas)
Offering the money tree to the temple.
We pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our soul.
We songk nom pra or pour water over monk’s hands for blessing.
Bird release ceremony
Khmer New Year game
Live music and Lumvong (Lao/Khmer/Thai traditional dance)
There’s not that many vendors this year, I guess most didn’t expect such a good turnout and many didn’t setup their booths.
I have heard about Brenda Councill painting her Mural live on Friday and Saturday at the Hickory Museum of Art, but didn’t have a chance to see her work until Friday evening of her closing reception’s “A Mural In The Making.”
Above photo is Brenda at the lower right hand corner, she explained that you have to look side way to see the art since the finished piece will be installed that way. One of her official sponsors were Shurtape and the finished mural will be relocated to the corporate headquarters of Shurtape. This makes a lot of sense as to why she is painting a 3 D version of tapes, to be exact frog tape.
Lee and I didn’t fit in very well, to be honest I was also there to practice shooting under low lighting situation. I need as much practice as possible.
A small version mural painted by elementary school children.
She spent a lot of time prepping the place.
There are many folk arts for Lee to see.
We ran into the lady that did Hana Tattoo for Lee at the Oktoberfest, I was surprised that she recognized us. My sister Bee at Rodeo Chic Design made the angry bird bag for Lee’s birthday, it is definitely one of a kind.
I hope it is not too soon to post Christmas tree, I’m not surprised to see them at the HM.
This is a neat looking tree, a real acoustic guitar for decoration.