Monday, September 20, 2010


The big department store across from the mission office was gutted and three large restaurants were constructed in place of the store. A big celebration was held as part of the grand opening, complete with Chinese dancing "dogs," drums and firecrackers going off, filling the air with loud noise and thick smoke. About a dozen young men in bright costumes participated in the ceremony.

The dancers were very good at keeping the attention of the crowd of people assembled to watch.
This was part of a Buddist ritual that was intended to bring good luck and prosperity to the newly opened restaurants. It was very intertaining.

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