New Moon, You Saw Me Standing Alone...

(the Wheel of Dharma)

Actually, I wasn't alone on this, the first new moon of the summer, which according to Buddhists is the Festival of Vesak. On Vesak Day, Buddhists all over the world commemorate three great events: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. Buddha's birthday is celebrated in most of South Asia on the first moon in May, but in Japan, they do so during Hanamatsuri (flower festival) on April 9th. So today is ... I'm not really sure what was celebrated today, but it sure was fun.

The graduating class of last year show up (all of them dressed to the nines in the fashions and hair styles of Japan) and there's a candle service, dancers (current students dressed in Indian sari), dull speeches (including mine...I rendered a version of the Sesame Street theme) and a buffet feast.

All in all, a nice little romp and it was good to be in an air conditioned room on this 30C day.

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