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Thatluang Festival 2009-Vientiane
Almsgiving ceremony draws thousands to That Luang The roads leading to That Luang stupa were packed yesterday morning as thousands of Vientiane residents gathered to give alms to hundreds of monks from around the country. The almsgiving ceremony began before 5am as monks placed their aluminium bowls on long tables around the four corners of the That Luang esplanade. Crowds of women and girls wearing silk skirts and blouses and well-dressed men sporting sashes set the esplanade awash with colour. Devotees clutched silver bowls full of offerings for the monks and to pay homage to the national symbol in order to bring them good luck and good health. Many people arrived at the esplanade early to try to avoid the crowds and get to work on time. A resident of Phonthan village, Ms Keota Chanpaseuth, said she was glad to be able to attend the traditional event, especially as it is not always easy for her to find the time to make merit. The ceremony provided a chance for Lao people and overseas visitors to enjoy a long-standing Lao tradition. A resident of Sidamduan village, Ms Chintana Sengkhamnhoy, said she attends the ceremony every year, as it is an important occasion for paying homage to the That Luang stupa. She said she got up early yesterday morning to prepare her offerings, including sweets, khaotom (rice, banana and black beans in banana leaves), sticky rice and candles, to give to the monks and bring happiness and good health to her and her family. After finishing their almsgiving many people joined family and friends for a meal of chicken soup, boiled chicken, noodle soup and papaya salad. Numerous food vendors around the esplanade offered these traditional dishes. Some people placed flowers and lit incense beneath the statue of King Saysetthathirath, as well as releasing caged sparrows for good luck. Several stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs meant people could buy gifts for friends and relatives. In the afternoon, crowds gathered to enjoy a game of the traditional sport of tikhy, which is played on the esplanade each year. The game, which is similar to hockey, was originally played to build solidarity between government officials and civilians. The festival closed in the late evening, when people from all over Laos gathered at the stupa for a spectacular candlelight procession and fireworks display. By Vientiane Times (Latest Update November 3 , 2009)Captured Silk
The sun has had his hat on, took the D100 out for a try with the D70's lense and macro filter because I wanted to compare the two. This is the inside of one of the Tulips that I bought for Lynne, the captured silk is the little petal that has fallen from one of the other flowers and got caught on one of the stamen.
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