Happy New Year

Yulia Dreyzis

Moscow, Russian Federation

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It’s actually a story of a discovery.
When we were travelling for the first time from Hangzhou to Nanjing over Suzhou, we had like five or six hours for all the sights, including the famous twin pagodas. As we arrived at the place, we saw that the pagoda monastery was already closed and it was slowly getting dark. We went down a parallel street and encountered another buddhist monastery – this one welcomed us with tightly shut doors, too. So we plodded near its walls until stumbling upon a small gate. We entered together with some weird people carrying lights in form of lotuses and found ourselves in a yard blocked with stands for the lights. Some candles were floating as fallen petals in a pool. The dark figures were constantly moving around us, voiceless, a bit intimidating. At this moment we saw it – a big swastika made up of lotus lights. Then it felt even more puzzling, as if we were taking part in some mysterious ritual, without even understanding what was going on. A nasty feeling.
It all ended up with a monk coming up to us and explaining that they were preparing to celebrate the Buddhist New Year. Beautiful. Farewell to a magic illusion. They even asked us to stay in a very open and friendly manner, but we had already bought train tickets and were to leave in several hours. And only then we realized that it was the first of January! Yet I’m thankful for having – by chance – a fortune to experience this unexpected magic. It was much more sincere and charming than sitting at the table, drinking champagne and watching old comedies on TV.

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