|Poshuijie in Jinghong|
|preliminary procession 11 April|
|a festival for both man and beast|
|a modern dance for Poshuijie|
|Dai drummers im procession|
|festival parade contingent of Dai women|
The next day the main venue shifts to Manting Park, where the price of admission drops from the usual 30 yuan to only 10. At the temple at the top of the park’s hill monks sit on a stage in the courtyard bedecked with ornamental tung banners and chant scriptures. In front of the temple novice monks take turns pouring water down long tubes to bathe the Buddha image. After they have concluded the devotees and tourists do it, too. After the monks have retired Dai contingents lead ramwong dances.
For 15 April this is the only activity scheduled for the day. Yet it follows strict rules: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only, no throwing water back into houses or apartments (though people inside could safely douse those outside), no throwing water in the courtyards of hotels off the main streets or in shops along the roads. And people follow these rules. Mothers even prevent their children from squirting anyone before 10 or after 5. The hordes of Chinese tourist revelers follow the rules, too.
|bathing Buddha images|