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Powerd By : NorthPony
Wesak Day

 

The Wesak day ( Vesākha, Vesak or also called Buddha's Birthday or Buddha Day) where all the Buddhists will celebrate this honour and memorial day togather.

Wesak Day is an annual holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in the South Asian and South East Asian countries of Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.

This most important festivals fall in the month of May. The exact date of Wesak varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Siddharta Gautama Shakyamuni (Sakyamuni) Buddha because all the three events took place on the same lunar date.

 

The celebration for the Wesak day begins much before the dawn when the Buddhists gather in Buddhist temples for worship all over Malaysia. Religious offerings and rituals such as 'bathing of the Buddha', chanting of holy scriptures, lighting of joss sticks and ordination of monks usually take place in Buddhist temples.

The Buddhist eat a vegetarian diet prior to the festival in order to cleanse and purify themselves. Doves and tortoises are released on the Wesak Day as a symbolic gesture of releasing the soul and giving up the past sins. Free meals are also given to the needy on the Wesak Day.

Celebrating Wesak also means making special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. To this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in cash and kind to various charitable homes throughout the country. Wesak is also a time for great joy and happiness, expressed not by pandering to one’s appetites but by concentrating on useful activities such as decorating and illuminating temples, painting and creating exquisite scenes from the life of the Buddha for public dissemination. Devout Buddhists also vie with one another to provide refreshments and vegetarian food to followers who visit the temple to pay homage to the Enlightened One.

During nightfall, there will be grand processions of Buddha car in cities. A few days before the Wesak Day, a Buddha car will be start decorated with many of the colourful fresh flower. Followed by placing the Buddha statue on the car. Devotees will from the Buddha car from the start until the end of the processions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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