On the second day of the Lunar New Year, our first task was to .... find food for breakfast! Not an easy task as almost all the stalls at the Kampung Baru market in Bukit Mertajam were closed. Only those Indian stalls were opened. Sigh ... it's always a problem every year.
Then we scooted off to the Buddhist Hermitage in Lunas. As we expected, many people were already there and more were to still come. These photos were taken of the arch that's being built at the Hermitage.
Almost all the workers are Burmese working or living around Kulim and Lunas. The Burmese are deeply religious people and they all chipped in to help in whatever way they could during the weekends to build not only this arch but also the Venerable Suvanno Memorial Building.
In a corner of the Hermitage stood Suvanno's dilapidated kutti, an old tin hut that can barely hold a man lying down. That's where he used to live previously before the devotees built him better accommodation. It looks discarded and partially filled with rubbish. Hopefully, the Hermitage committee will want to preserve this kutti later. It'll be a shame if they do not.