beautiful Chinese opera actresses in intricately embroidered costumes
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On Chinese New Year eve, I accompanied my husband to offer prayers in a popular temple.
While my husband was praying, I took a walk around the crowded temple. I noticed they have brought in The Matchmaker (月下老人) who is the deity of Marriage and Love in Chinese mythology that originated in Tang Dynasty.
In his hands is a book on which the marriage of all people are recorded. He also holds a red string which he will tie around a man and a woman, and the two will become a couple even if they were once enemies. :)
I was surprised to see more elderly people praying to The Matchmaker. The following day when my husband told me he too prayed to The Matchmaker, I was not amused. Did he ask for a concubine or a new wife? *fumes*
The temple has invited a famous opera troupe from Taiwan to perform for their devotees. The cast made an appearance dressed in elaborate headwear, makeup and embroidered costumes. Seizing the opportunity to take some close up pictures of these beautiful people, I chased them all over the temple grounds as they distributed candies to visitors. :D
The temple was getting too smoky as more devotees arrived to perform the annual "Welcome the God of Fortune" rites. Stepping outside the temple for some fresh air, I was delighted to see hawkers selling beverages and snacks. This particular drink stall caught my eye, the sign reads "Bird's Nest water".
I joined the queue to purchase a cup of the drink. It was actually diced seaweed in syrup. LOL...
Note : Edible bird's nest, a delicacy made from the salivary excretions of the swiftlet, can cost up to USD2500 a kilo and are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans.