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Actually the plant is flowering, but I forgot to take a picture of the blooms which lasted only 2 days. I was distracted/ attracted by this tiny butterfly which just landed right in front of my camera. I wonder if it is looking for a nice place to lay eggs.
I have seen it a few times before but first time I could capture it on camera.
What's the name?
I think it is this butterfly:
Scientific name: Potanthus omaha
Common name: Lesser Dart
This fella fits the description of a butterfly with "wide head, large eyes and thick body".
I think there's a bee here. Half it's body is missing. It wasn't me who was cruel to the bug, hehe.
It was my camera's angle. I didn't know it was there when I took this picture.
Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for August 2011 hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden. To participate and/or to view what is blooming in gardens around the world, please visit the link here.
For my diary - The Hungry Ghost Festival and a Heartbreak Moment
From 31 Jul - 28 Aug, the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar is the season of the Hungry Ghost Festival. During this month, it is believed that the gates of hell are opened and the spirits and ghosts are free to roam the streets on earth. We are advised not to get married, move house or hold important celebrations during this month for fear of bad luck. Some people avoid swimming.
In Malaysia, opera performances, chanting and prayer sessions, some with elaborate feasts are held. A paper effigy of Phor Thor (King of Hell) is enacted and later burnt. Prayers are offered to pay respect to and/or to appease the souls of the dead which include ghosts and spirits that roam the streets. It is hoped that they will move on and have a smooth reincarnation.
For me, the main day of the festival is on August 13th which coincides with the 14th day of the 7th lunar month. On this day at home, I offer prayers to my family ancestors (husband side) during the day. After sundown, prayers with incense and some food are offered to the wandering spirits. This is done outside the gate of the house. This practise is like doing charity for the homeless. Every year it is my mother-in-law who does this. When I was little, it was my grandma's job which later became my mom's responsibility, now it is my brother's turn. Usually, small children below 12 years old are advised to stay indoors. Some people do not like to go out at night on this date.
This festival is quite different from Qing Ming where we, the living remember and pray or pay respect to the dead who are our ancestors and departed family members as a practise of filiel piety. During the Hungry Ghost Festival, the gates of hell are opened and the dead can come back to visit the living!
My family and I stayed at home on Aug 13th and 14th to watch Malaysia's sports hero, Lee Chong Wei advance to the final only to loose to Lin Dan of China in the final of the YONEX BWF World Badminton Championships 2011, in Wembley Arena Indoor Stadium 2011 in 3 sets in a deuce by just 2 points. In spite of this heart-breaking news, we (me, my DH, and children) salute our national sportsman for putting on a good fight: