Friday, February 22, 2013 – Day 24
I got the days mixed up… Yesterday, we spent the day just hanging out at home. Doing laundry and preparing for our 10 day trip to Hong Kong and China. We didn’t arrive to Hong Kong until today actually.
Anyway, as promised here are the videos I wanted to share of Fo Guang Shan Monastery from my prior post at Finding Fo Guang Shan Monastery.
Sadly, I don’t know what the ritual means. To me it would sound like first they chant/sing/pray before starting the festival. Then, we head toward the big Buddha statue in unison, celebrating and welcoming the new year. Then, another prayer until the big fireworks display. It was an interesting and fun experience even though I don’t know what it all means.
Hope you enjoy the videos : )
5 Videos of Lantern Festival at the Monastery
First Prayer Before the Parade
This is a 3-minute video of the first prayer/chanting before the parade. People lined up in rows in front the main temple while monks were on a stage.
Ringing the Gong!
Then, the big-guns come out. This is a 30 second video of the ringing of the gong. Monks dressed in bright red and orange clothing chanted then rang the gong. This was the sign that we may proceed following behind them as they lead us into the Buddha Memorial Center.
Parade Through the New Boulevard
This is short clip 1 minute clip, which gives a view from the top of the new boulevard at Fo Guang Shan. There were a lot of different groups of people parading. There were these teenagers that were dancing to some LMFAO ahahahaha with glow sticks and some little gimmicks. It felt out of place, just a little bit. They were dancing to this loud boombox playing Party Rock Anthem.
To give you an idea, here is the song – LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Last Prayer Before the Fireworks!
Then, another 1 minute clip back at the Buddha Memorial Center. There was another set of chanting/prayers by the higher up monks. Everyone was very quiet and still. We all lined around so that we were out of the way and view from each other. It was a very enjoyable event because everyone was so respectful. I loved it.
Can You Believe They Do This Every Night?
This is a longer video clip 4 minutes long of the fireworks! It was so beautiful… Finally get to share the fireworks that I’ve been blabbing about. My little video clip is not the greatest :/ I’m glad I have a video of it though, even though there are tons of videos on the Internet, it’s nice to have something that is more personal. My cousin said that they do the fireworks at Fo Guang Shan Monastery every night during the first couple of weeks of the Chinese New Year. That’s expensive, where does the money pour in from? Apparently, this particular monastery is one of the “wealthy” ones.
So, I’m pretty much caught up with the videos I wanted to share. YAY! Now I’m slowly catching up with the remaining days of my trip with dad to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. I still have 12 more days to share. And then, back to the DIY projects.