The March Lunal – Thay’s Pagoda Festival has come

Thay’s Pagoda Festival takes place from the 5th to the 7-3 th of the lunar calendar. During the festival, many monks from elsewhere in the same region of this ceremony in the elegant coffee-sa, holding flower sticks, chanting in English gong mouth bass are. Thay Pagoda, Thien Phuc name is Self, the buildings represent a complex of Buddhist relics – landscapes, ruins revolution Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Ha Tay province, a Hanoi 20 km to the southwest.

History and architecture
Thay Pagoda was originally only a small am called Huong Hai am. King Ly Nhan Tong (1072-1127) was to rebuild, two clusters Temple: Temple High (Dinh Son Tu) on the Temple Mount and Bottom (ie temple Great, name is Thien Phuc Tu). In early 17th century, the royal Duke Cheng care restoration, building Buddhist shrines, the Holy electricity; then the post, the beer and steeple.
Thay Pagoda is a place to practice and witness marks lives until the day after the bodies of monks escape – Thich Tu Dao Hanh.
According to feng shui theory, the temple was built on land that dragons. Temple facing south. In front of the temple, to the left is the tip of Long head, back and right temple based on Sai Son Mountain.
Thay Pagoda 2.400m2 wide, consists of three buildings running parallel triangle-shaped, high up on a bunch of rocks blue background, with two corridors run Flanked gable, with the art of architecture, sculpture quite toxic unique architectural style of the XVIII century art.

Especially as electricity storage palatial buildings, massive only 36 holes, wood is stacked, but very solid, solid. The roof is covered with ancient tiles, nose style comedy. Legend has it that these tiles are taken from the Tay Phuong Pagoda, located 7km to the west. Despite such a long way, but in the old, tile-style hands are moving and wiring in one day, both transportation and roofing.

He was halfway up the mountain temple aka Cao Dinh Son Tu (which is Swedish Show Am) is where Dao Hanh From the first to the convent. The temple is located in a beautiful location in the area with the building, including 3 space, with tall steeple, the temple walls have many autographs the grape name.
Above the high temple has a market space called God with many boulders shaped tables and chairs, shelves, glass, … which has a smooth stone slab called board packets priority.

From the temple Cao, walked behind the mysterious cave agencies. Hang quite deep, narrow and dark, late into the cave to bring a torch and fire, the cave deep down higher, wider, with many corners, slippery moss stone entrance with stone pillars were bright as mosaic silver gilt, the sound seemed to echo from planes, the vents out of the caverns to light inserted into dancing in the night … and the end of each activity, customary military still remains the Million by Lugia commander in the war against the Han from the 2nd century BC.

From cave muscles, along the ridge past the old tree is to Thuong Temple, where St Wenchang and also the meeting place of the ancient Tonkin Free School. Near the upper temple with Buddha cave Grows with many stones were eroding time like Buddha. Then the cave entrance Beef with murky. How to hang a piece of the wind to blow through paddy winds both ends.
In the western foothills also Boi Am Pagoda, also known as Temple One Roof, Pagoda is so named because the temple has only one roof, the back of the temple is based on the cliffs. Hang Sanctification is located halfway up the mountain rock, cave entrance protruding, narrow, dimly mystery, even peer into the cliff in a cave, as seen with many dents, were: first Vet, footprints and stains Hand, a former Zen monk Tu Dao Hanh was pressure at competitions (apart from the body). Besides cave Sucking Wind, ice shelves Thai Lao …

The first ceremonial statue bathing ceremony, conducted prior to the first day of the lunar 7-3. This ceremony was attended by monks, Buddhist monks and numerous people. In the smoke of joss, pure water is brought to the altar. The Abbot and the maid took a clean cloth dipped in water red and carefully wipe the statue. All the action takes place very meticulous, careful and dignified. While wiping, monks and maids always murmured Buddha. Buddhist nuns and people around them palms facing grave statue supplication.
Bathing Buddha finished, they always cleaned the gas on the international map altar. Buddha bathing water is everywhere as wet flakes of Buddha to people luckily condition. The bath towels were shared about doing Buddha amulet for children to avoid the evil ghost possessed gas.

Next to the Buddhist rituals and running board. This is a great ritual, the most important and most impressive in Thay Pagoda Festival. This ritual is an oratorio with the religious nature with the coordination of the instruments. The main offerings are offered to the altar, and hundreds of different gifts of pilgrims attend the full color of the fruit, in settling, cakes, sticky … shimmering in incense and candles. Visitors are attracted by the appeal of it as there is a certain magic lure.

Then the monks with the finest robe and holding a flower sticks performers glide circle dance steps, fast steps, slow steps can make a trip of lifetime non-stop to reach the noble thing. In scenes like the dim distant, the monks walked and dancing under the orchestra and bell sound buffer chanting.
Thay Pagoda Festival not only religious rituals. Here there is water puppetry scenes lion dance, dragon dance, scene grind rice, pounding rice, bullfighting … are true artisans put into close, lively and attractive, bold folk nuances.

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