Bring on the Piggy! Oink Oink!

IMG_0072.jpgIt’s been a weird start to the year…..hence the obvious absence of neomien.

So I’ve decided to adopt a different datebook….the Lunar calendar – like miz Gala Darling, Chinese New Year is a bit of a fav…..love the deafening crackles of those huge strings of firecrackers, the smell of gunpowder, red bits of paper everywhere.

Those flat squares of sticky sweet jerky, the crush to get a table for yum-cha; and the troupes of strapping boys and gals doing the lion dance – pretty amazing, and the oh so unique methods of crowd control – chuck a packet of crackers and watch the area clear…..fast!

Last year I stumbled upon this Buddhist chanting ceremony at night. It was in the gravel carpark on Little Bourke Street – the monks (nuns actually, as I’m pretty sure they were all gals) conducted this ceremony, even our pal Johnnie was there paying his respects with joss sticks.

Gorgeous experience, I found out from a friend that it’s a Chinese tradition to visit a temple before the New Year rings in. Kinda like Christmas service.

It’s happening again this year on Saturday night….Chinese New Year’s Eve, bring on the Pig!

2007 Chinese Lunar New Year Buddhist Blessing Ceremony
Fo Guang Shan Melbourne Visiting Shrine

10.30pm, Saturday 17th February
132 – 136 Little Bourke St
(Opposite Shark Finn House)

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2 Comments so far

  1. William Luu (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    I believe the Buddhist Ceremony is an annual thing and is performed by the one of the local temples – Fo Kuang Shan (http://www.bliav.org.au).

    And you are correct, there are many female monks at Fo Kuang Shan Melbourne.


  2. neomien (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    Hi William,

    It was really quite a spiritual moment – which was refreshing considering the normal hustle and bustle of Chinatown.

    Thanks for the link too – didn’t realise that it’s the same Temple/people that do the Buddha festival in Fed Square too!

    Loved those street banners they had last year – wonder if we will see them again?



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