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FLOWER FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE BUDDHA — MAY 17, 2008
GRAFTON PEACE PAGODA 

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The ceremony began in the temple at 11 a.m. I was about 40 minutes late and the temple was full of people. Notice all the shoes on the ground outside the temple. (All photos by Mark E. Rondeau)

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A breeze blows out at the pagoda. Though I am a devout Catholic, I consider this a holy place. One can sense its spiritual power.

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After the ceremony in the temple, people line up for food.

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A little guy enjoys the music.

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Jun-San and a friend move a bench.

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Tall guy and little guy. I think the tall guy was a visiting monk, perhaps from the Leverett, Mass., temple.

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The scene inside the temple.

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A couple of kids lounge by the obelisk.

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A saxophonist plays during lunchtime. Needless to say, he was pretty good.

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Jun Yasuda, the nun who built and oversees the temple, rushes around to make sure everything is right. She really is an amazing person.

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Jun-San helps two men secure a pole that had fallen over.

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