Photo of the eclipse by Sayy
Sayy has a shot of today’s full moon eclipse from Jaffna. It’s been raining in Colombo and I can’t see anything but lightning and clouds. Went up to Jaffna for the last solar eclipse and it’s a great place for it. Only weird thing, as Sayy comments, is that people tend to avoid eclipses there. According to Sayy he was counseled not to eat during the time. I dunno.
Sayy’s post is called our obsession with the full moon, and there is one. Every full moon day is a holiday in Sri Lanka because of
werewolves an ostensibly Buddhist holiday. I think poya is an older custom than that, but it is a good time to go to the temple. Poya days in the village are magical, and it does make sense. There’s light on those days so you can go out at night. Poya days in city temples are incredibly crowded so I avoid them. Pre-poya lines for alcohol on poya are another counter-tradition, which I also try to avoid. Jerry was commenting that supermarkets don’t sell chicken on poyas but they do sell sausages and processed meat. I don’t know. It makes a modicum of sense.
Today I just meditated and avoided meat. Fed the cat meat cereal (cat food), dunno what to do about that. At one point, under Srimavo Bandaranaike I think, they briefly got rid of weekends all together and had only poyas. Horrifying. Now there’s a hybrid holiday system between the western calendar, Buddhist holidays, and those of basically every other major religion. Hence, Sri Lanka has some of the most days off in the world. Which I think is fine. It’s a beautiful island.
Anyways, happy Eclipsalypse.