Namaste, blessed beings.
The 5th of May will be Visakah Puja, or more commonly known as Vesak Day or Buddha’s Day. Vesak is the major Buddhist festival of the year as it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and deathof Siddharta Gautama Buddha in one day.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”.
On Vesak Day in Malaysia and other Asian civilizations and diaspora, Buddhists celebrate the event by visiting monasteries to offer their prayers and attend sermons led by Buddhist Venerables. Prayers often extend beyond themselves to pray for world peace and harmony. They also perform rituals such as the bathing of the Buddha; A symbolic act to commemorate the devas and spirits who made offerings to the Buddha at the time of his birth. Other activities include charitable efforts such as blood donation drives, and they also free captured animals such as birds which would also mean that they abstain from eating meat for a few days or so.
I’m not a Buddhist, but I do appreciate Buddhism, the history and its philosophy. I read a lot about Buddhism in college and found that meditation helped me with all the stresses of college paraphernalia; The hubbub of exciting college festivities, assignments, finals and my insane obsession with active participation in societies and clubs. Meditation certainly helped and all I would do is let my lychee-scented candle glow, and enjoy the silence.
Although, I do not celebrate Vesak Day, I will be taking part in this occasion my own way with some Yoga, meditation and showering my dogs with extra playtime and affection. I think that would be perfect and I hope Buddha approves!
If you are in Kuala Lumpur, and keen on being apart of this great festivity, do visit to the Thean Hou Temple (pic above), one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia.
For more information about the Thean Hou Temple, click here.