New Year's Day at the Temple

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Monday, January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012
A thick fog clung to the mountain like a cotton ball blanket. Only the two terraces directly in front of the Jacky's Guest House were visible. Jacky asked us if we would like to join family for a visit to the monastery to observe the New Year's tradition. We gladly accepted. The French women joined us too. Not surprisingly, the Malaysian girl was not up to going. She was deadly sick from drinking the night before.


The temple was a bustling place. Small stands in front of the steps were selling incense and fire crackers. Many women, often with babies on their backs, barbequed tofu, wieners and other mystery meats..  Most bought bundles of incense and we made our way up the steps with firecracker going off all around us. Silhouettes of the people on above us by the temple were shrouded by fog and smoke, which gave a surreal feel to it all. Inside the courtyard of the small temple, people kneeled in front of the Buddha statue with the head Monk dispensing blessings. Dave made an embarrassingly small donation and signed our name in the book and then discovered the Monks would say prayers for us. I could only take so much of the smoke. It was interesting to me to see the Yi, Hani, and Dai minorities celebrate New Year’s together. A pretty teenage Yi girl wanted to practice English with us. She was there with her grandmother and we enjoyed their company.
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