Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

All the best to you for the year of the pig!!! We joined the crowds today at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple which is very close to where we live. It was a hot summer day, perfect weather for the New Year festivities and the many people who flocked to the temple to enjoy the day. Nan Tien is the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere, and is a beautiful facility.
We arrived in time to enjoy the Lion Dance and Martial Arts demonstrations by the dancers.

Also on show were exhibitions of Chinese Calligraphy and beautiful carved sculptures. Many visitors enjoyed a vegetarian lunch at the temple.

It was a fun way to spend a few hours with the family, besides being interesting and educational. I have been fascinated with Buddhism for ages, so I plan to go back to the temple on a quieter day to investigate further.


Tracey Petersen said...

Your art work in the last post is wonderful!
It looks like a fabulous place to spend chinese new year.

mereth said...

I'm so jealous of you being able to do art classes Nic. I'd have to drive 200k to get to a life class.
I'd like to see how your Devil's Claw quilt turned out, if you have photos of it.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures. It looks like a fabulous celebration you attended.