Jumat, 13 Februari 2009


Last Monday, the night of Cap Go Meh (February 9th), my Dad brought us (my Mom, my Sis, and me)to visit THE GRAND VIHARA MAITREYA at Cemara Asri Complex(my little brother didn't want to go bcoz he prefered to watch BLACK CAT Anime at home).
I’ve heard that this huge temple is very famous in Medan but that night was the first time for me to go there so I was quite curious about it. And after we arrived there (that day was a very lucky day, we got a strategic parking place in front of the temple when so many visitors were also looking for it!) I was totally amazed to see how magnificent it is!!! Hundreds of light bulbs made the temple looked so beautiful! We were also welcomed by two gigantic statue of China’s legendary creatures, Qi Ling(It has a body of Lion and head of Dragon) in front of the Vihara. After we got inside, thousands of Chinese people had already come to enjoy the atmosphere! No matter old or young, all of them looked very happy!
There were also some unique and fun spots, like a wishing tree. It is a Cherry blossom tree, actually. Lots of papers with wishes from visitors were attached to the branches. We visitors, can used a long stick prepared by the temple to hang up our papers to the highest branch we could reach! Beside of the wishing tree, there is a big statue of smiling Buddha Maitreya. Many people prayed for His blessings and touched His feet, belly, or big pocket to ask for luck! It’s so unique, I think, and also the first time for me to see that! :) We also met my forth uncle, grandmother, and my cousins there! Oh ya, there were a lot of beautiful fireworks which were not only enjoyed by Chinese people who celebrate Cap Go Meh Festival but also many people with different religion had come to enjoy the atmosphere! That night, all of us really had a lot of fun under the bright full moon!
N.B: Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my pocket camera that night so I can’t take the pictures of those happy moments… huhu…X(

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