When the people of Brisbane have a party for Buddhas birthday it sure is spectacular.
To start with the scene could not have been more colourful with swathes of pink, orange, and purple fabrics, as a backdrop and thousands, (yes thousands) of red lanterns hanging from each entrance and along each path leading to the event.
There were five long tables, each higher than the last all piled high with the freshest apples, oranges, and other colourful offerings. Presiding over this opulence, were three large white meditating statues of Buddha and two warrior like statues.
Caught up in the excitement of it all I was tempted to cry. Like my mother, I tear up at parades and happy events, just as often as I do at sad events.
Afterwards, Phil and I spent some time looking along the food stalls and considering what we would try. Everything looked so exotic and interesting. I didn’t know where to start until I saw some steamed bread buns that looked familiar. I persuaded Phil to try one with me and told him it was usually filled with pork or other meat.
It tasted bland.
It turns out that it was a vegetarian event and our buns were filled with beans. I was surprised but I didn’t mind. I would rather eat a bean but I did not like than something boring. It was an exciting night out and like most of my events, it was completely free.
Have you been to any exciting free events lately?
To learn more about house sitting, or some of the other free events I have been to, along with fun house sitting stories and tales of my adventures around Australia, see my books at www.nikkiahwong.com/my-books.php (Australians) or www.Amazon.com (International).