Photographer's Note

"Around 10 am, we went down to Bodnath, home to one of the world’s largest stupas. We joined the Buddha Jayanti aka Wesak aka the Buddha’s birth celebration in Bodnath.

A lot of people lighted up the butter lamps along the street side. We’re not the only outsider joined the ceremony. The beggar also joined by sitting and praying that there would be people give them some money or food. A little girl beggar sang a song on a bench. Her soft alto voice could attract the passers-by to stop by, although most of the time her voice would disappear inside the crowded. I just watched her singing and tried hard to hear her soft voice from the backside - sitting on a closed store terrace in Bodnath area. When the traditional monks, the funky monks, the ordinary people, the students who previously gave me a flower, the army and the foreigners with or without the camera walking circling the Bodnath Stupa in a clockwise direction; I sat standstill on the terrace with a flower, a camera and a backpack….waiting for my friends. Great job! I lost them and didn’t have their cellphone number! But, watching their activities quietly could soothe my mind until my friends found me out."

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