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This is our sixth year attending the July 4th celebration at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett Virginia, and this year fell on Saturday June 30th and July 1st. We got to Wat on Friday evening and a wind storm hit town around 10:30 pm that night. The power went off, and it didn’t come back on until almost 9 am Saturday morning just in time for the Boun event.
The highlight of the event was a singer from Thailand Maitai Jaitawan ไหมไทย ใจตะวัน, which I didn’t think that he would make his appearance. His concert was scheduled for 3 pm but he didn’t make it until 7:30 pm that evening and could only perform Saturday since he was scheduled to fly back to Thailand right after the concert. It was extremely hot and I think it had to be in the 100+, and his fans waited patiently for his appearance.
I saw his music video on YouTube and he looked different and this must be his new looks, the Michael Jackson looks. He sprained his ankle so his dance looks awkward.
Most of his fans gave him $20 bills, and I have to admit that he has a great voice and certainly gave a good performance. I ran out of battery at the end and only able to get a few shots and record a few clips here and there so I hope you will enjoy.
My dad enjoyed the concert and we stayed until 9 pm when it ended.
All photos and video were taken with Canon T2i and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
This year July 4th event at Wat Lao Buddhavong of Catlette, VA will take place on Saturday June 30th, and Sunday July 1st, 2012. It’s an all day event and ticket is $10 per person. Click to view large image.
Wat Lao Buddhavong
3043 Catlett Rd Catlett, VA 20190 USA
This year’s visit to the temple has been a lot of fun for us, I did more videos than photography. Some of my photos were blurry like the image below, having to switch back and forth from video to photo taking was a pain since I only have one camera. The videos and photos were taken with my Canon T2i and the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom lens. And only a few photos were taken with my EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra-Wide Zoom lens.I don’t have a steady hand and used a Monopod when shooting videos, it works perfect for crowded area.
I like the sharpness of this image below, and wish she had looked up. I kept coming back to the image, perhaps there is something there that keeps drawing me back to it.
I didn’t have enough time in the morning to spend by the pond, the light is prettiest in the evening but all the lilies were closed by then.
The Buddha Garden was well maintained this year in comparison to last year.
The animal signs.
I met a lady and her family that flew all the way from California to visit their deceased father. This is a resting place for many passed loved ones.
And a meditation place for monks and Buddhists.
Thanks for reading all my Wat Lao Buddhavong posts. This is my last post, and you’re probably thinking “it’s about time!” I know, till next year. 🙂