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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Wesak Day 2014


13th May 2014

The Vesak festival or Buddha Day, celebrates 3 major events in the life of the Buddha: his Birth, Enlightenment and passing away on the full moon of the 6th lunar month (May). It is the most important festival in the Buddhist lunar calendar – Buddha Net

Around 11am, my dad and I went to Labuan Buddhist Association (LBA) to join for Bathing Buddha Ceremony. As usual, the cars are so many that you can saw that many cars parked outside. Luckily that my dad had found a good parking places that just opposite of LBA.

Bathing Buddha Ceremony held at 3rd floors so we went there using stairs. When arrive 3rd floor, it was full of people that many people queue up to wait for their turn to bath the Buddha. We also join for the crowd. 

Bathing Buddha Ceremony - Than Hsiang
Water is poured over the shoulders of the Buddha and serves as a reminder to purify the mind from greed, hatred and ignorance. The ceremony symbolizes the washing away of greed, hatred and ignorance and purification of one’s heart and mind.

After Bathing Buddha Ceremony, my dad saw that has sell of candle so we bought a candle. The candle is so beautiful that has flower surrounding it. You can choose the flower when purchase it. After purchase the candle, you can make a wish and put the candle on the places of it. 

My dad said candle is good as it (light) will bright up your life so when we went down to ground floor, we bought the candle again but this times the candle is a normal types.  Each candle cost RM 20.00. 

Significance of Lamp Lighting – Than Hsiang
Light is ever a symbol of knowledge and dispelling of darkness. Darkness represents ignorance and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces: wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering.

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