Photographer's Note

The ceremony of bathing the Buddha is to commemorate Buddha's birth on the 8th of April in lunar calendar. Therefore, Buddha's birthday is also known as "Buddha Bathing Festival" or "Showering Buddha Festival".

During the ceremony of Buddha Bathing, people fold their palms and bow three times to the Buddha, then use a ladle to pour fragrant water made with fragrant herbs such as cinnamon and cloves over the statue of the baby Buddha three times. The showering of the Buddha represents a kind of spiritual growth for us, and through this act we hope to rid ourselves of inner unwholesome emotions.

In 2006, a statue of the baby Buddha was set up at the Central Piers of Hong Kong as part of the Buddha's birthdy ceremony events and the public were provided with a chance to take part in bathing the Buddha.

There was good sunshine when this shot was taken. Thus a fast shutter to freeze water droplets could easily be achieved.

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