This past weekend I had a chance to attend Lao New Year celebration in Modesto, CA with little princess and my brother. It is been so long ago since the last time I attended the new year festival. Right of way, I notices few new building, new retaining walls, and the main entrance gate is under construction. We got there just in time for lunch and there are so many vendors setting up around the perimeter of temple ground. As we walked around checking out all the different vendor’s menus, we ran into our friends who are selling foods there as well. At this point, we pretty much feels some what obligate to support them. Which we did, we ordered some papaya salad, pad thai, grill chickens, and meatballs. They even sell beers at the temple and of course without a permits from the city or county. Most vendors do sell beers, but you have to ask for it. It is not on the menu board for sure.
As always, I ordered way too much foods for 2 1/2 people. Everything looks good and it is been awhile since I had some of those foods.
I’m not sure who’s behind the architect of this temple. I’ve been to a lot of Lao temple, but this is first time seeing lions part of animal sculptures. It is more common to see at Chinese/Vietnamese temples. Those three little pond looks odd to me.
Under neath that open structure (Sala) laying on its side is giant buddha. You can’t really see it on this picture.
Tough decision? Whoever organize this beauty pageant contest did such horrible job. They kept announcing the wrong names for 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Those gals are horrified up on the stage and just wants it to be over. I stood there for about 20 minutes to take pictures and the winner never smile once.
Over all, it was nice day to spend an afternoon with old friends and families.