Today is “WESAK DAY” !

Wesak Day Celebration

 

in: Buddhism

 

This year, Buddhists celebrated Wesak Day on May 09, 2009 which marks three momentous events in Buddha’s life – his birthday, enlightenment and achievement of Nirvana. The celebration begins at dawn when devotees gathering at the temples to meditate on the Eight Precepts. Donations, giving food to the needy, offering of incense, lights, flowers, joss sticks and prayer are carried out.

 

The display a small image of the baby Buddha in front of the altar in a small basin filled with water and decorated with flowers, allowing devotees to pour water over the statue; it is symbolic of the events following the Buddha’s birth, when devas and spirits made heavenly offerings to him.

 

At Lonsang Dragpa Centre, the Bathing of Buddha was held at 10am followed Refuge Ceremony.

 

Wesak Day Celebration Photos

Wesak Day Celebration Photos

 

Wesak – National Holiday In Malaysia.

 

 

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Apart from the numerous resolutions adopted by the World Conference of the W.F.B., the Buddhist Fraternity in Malaysia, in 1961, in drafting a petition to the Malaysian Government to declare Wesak Day as a National Holiday for Malaysia, submitted lengthy arguments, which inter-alia, reads as follows:-

  
 

 

“In carrying out the said resolution, your humble Petitioners crave your indulgence in giving this humble Petition your very sympathetic consideration for Wesak full-moon day to be declared a Public Holiday every year in the Federation of Malaya. In the past there was no unanimity among the Buddhists in Malaya with regard to the Day to be set apart for commemorating the Birthday of Lord Buddha; some observing the 8* day of the Fourth (Chinese) Moon and others the full-moon day (i.e. 15th Day) of the Fouth Moon. This lack of unanimity has militated against a joint appeal for this holiday hitherto. In the terms of the said resolution, all Buddhists throughout the Federation have now agreed to commemorate Lord Buddha’s Birthday on the Wesak Full-Moon Day (i.e. the full-moon day in the month of May) and it has also been agreed that ceremonies at the Buddhist Temples will be performed on that day. “Wesak Day is the holiest of all Buddhist holy days and embraces a three-fold commemoration – the day Lord Buddha was born, the day he received Full Enlightenment and the day on which He attained Pari-Nibbana, i.e. the day on which He passed from this life. This threefold commemoration day is universally observed by Buddhists with great veneration.The laity especially sets aside this day in performing acts of merit such as giving alms to the poor, making offerings to the temples, reciting surras, meditating, listening to preaching and observing the precepts”.

  

 

However, whilst a country-wide campaign was being launched to obtain signatures from all leading Buddhists in support of the Petition, our Government magnanimously agreed to declare Wesak Day as a National Holiday with effect from 1962.

 

 

 

PM Malaysia celebrating Wesak Day with Buddhist
PM Malaysia celebrating Wesak Day with Buddhist 09/05/09

 

 

 

 

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Here, I wish all believers of Buddhism “A VERY HAPPY & JOYOUS WESAK DAY” !

 

“OM MANI PADME HUM” !

 

 “AMITABAH” !

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Tomorrow is “MOTHER’S DAY” !

So wish All Mothers the World over,  a very “HAPPY & JOYOUS MOTHER’S DAY” !

And here is a dedication to all Mothers : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc5wBXhB0OI

Enjoy ! 

 

 

 

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