Photo Stories / Meak Bochea Day
Abominable Sight of Monks apparently stands for description of a large group of orange clad fellows. Cambodia celebrates today what is best summed up as Buddha's birthday but there are other interpretations of this celebration. Streets are filled with thousands of people - monks, nuns, school children, government officials, various organisations and this procession snakes around the Old Market, Sivatha Street, through the French Quarters and back along the river to Wat Damnak where it all started. It is a peaceful affair of steady pace with some chanting by the monks (although I have seen a portable radio!), youth marching band adds some umph into the steps of the surrounding crowd and those, whose legs have seen too many winters can take a ride in tuk tuks or in the lushly adorned vehicles which are all part of the procession. Having snapped couple of shots near the Old Market I have then parked myself in the foregrounds of the Shinta Mani hotel in the French Quarter and let the procession pass while taking photos of the colourful participants. Needless to say, the town was jammed with traffic piling up but all seemed to slide back into normal in a fairly short time.
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