What surprised me in Burma is how they decorate religious object like altars, temples, and Buddhas with Christmas lights. I believe the religion had a certain boost with electricity becoming wide spread and cheap Christmas lights from China. We saw these decorations everywhere from Shwedagon Pagoda to the monastery on Mt Zwegabin to people’s homes. Of course, blinking colorful lights bring up the atmosphere of a holiday or celebration. In my memory it is associated with the beauty of Christmas Prague in December each year. I believe these light elevate people’s mood and brighten up their lives.
I find the most interesting the blinking colorful halos around Buddha’s heads almost in every temple. I cannot recall any other Buddhist country (out of those I visited) where Buddhas have these disco lights.
I specifically made a video to share in of the temples of the Swedagon Pagdoda in Yangon.
What other countries have this unusual feature? Please let me know where you have seen something like this.