)102 AMONG PAGODAS AND FAIR LADIES.
see the great sight or are bitterly disappointed at beholding nothing I do not know. They pour out their water, repeat a prayer and seem quite satisfied and believe that the great and awful personage has come down to earth. The Dewah king has the very uncomfortable habit of arriving just at midnight, which seems a very thoughtless proceeding on his part, as he keeps so many good people out of their beds ! A few retire to rest after the descent is made, but others remain up the whole night.
At the first moment that the sun makes his appearance, when the first wistful light of morn begins to show itself, the faithful rise and, bearing vessels containing pure clean water, they betake themselves to the monasteries and present to the monks. This presentation means an asking for pardon for past sins and is also given as an offering to the brethren. After this ceremony has been duly performed, they proceed to the pagoda and there takes place the washing of the images. This is also done more as an act of respect than that they consider that in any moral way the images require cleansing. After this the real fun of the day takes place, and the Water Festival begins in good earnest.
They have another curious custom with regard to the rains. When the time arrives that the welcomed moisture should fall, and it does notThey have another curious custom with regard to the rains. When the time arrives that the welcomed moisture should fall, and it does not