Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buddha's Birthday Celebration!

On a sunny spring day amidst perfectly flowering crabapple trees, 
a festive group gathered at Shao Shan Temple on May 21st 2017 
to celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha .

A time of silent meditation 
was followed by a noble procession -a symbolic pilgrimage to visit the baby Buddha.  The festive procession included parasols, bubbles and bells (and black flies!)

The procession was followed by a story of the Buddha's Birth  
and sweet tea offerings accompanied by flute playing.

The afternoon ended with refreshments and birthday cake!