Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mid-Autumn Celebration at Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

Besides the "official" Mid-Autumn festival celebration site at the Chinese Garden, this year, I got to know that the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery (beside the PIE along Jalan Toa Payoh) is organising a similar one but on a smaller scale. So after dinner, I decided to check it out - hopefully to avoid the large crowd tomorrow evening.

The monastery was newly renovated and the compound is nicely decorated with both the traditional lantern displays as well as lanterns modelled after popular disney cartoon characters.

There is a booth selling lotus-shaped floating candles priced at $2 each where each candle will be lighted, a wish made and the candle set afloat on a small pond.

Nearby, there is another booth giving away free tea, mooncakes, mooncake cookies and pomelos. The mooncake cookies are my favourite and I got to bring home two of these!

Fortunately, the monastery is not too crowded tonight and it is very nice to stroll into the quiet sanctuaries housing the various buddhist statues without the squeezing and jostling of devotees.

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