Buddhists from all walks of life flocked to temples and association premises to offer their prayers for Wesak Day last week. I've been paying homage to Lord Buddha for the past two decades to seek blessings for good health, prosperity and good fortune and this year is no exception.
Wesak Day falls on the 15th of the fourth moon (lunar calendar) and is the most auspicious day in the Buddhist calendar, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha 2,555 years ago. This year the festival falls on 17th May but the date changes each year, because Wesak is a lunar festival.
As we entered the premises, a sitting Buddha and other miniature statues welcomed us warmly. The gold- coloured statue of Lord Buddha, was artfully adorned with twinkling lights, pineapple candles and various kinds of flowers.
The highlight of the celebration was the bathing of the miniature statue of Lord Buddha.
The queue was extremely long when we arrived at the Kedah Buddhist Association and together with other devotees, we waited patiently for our turns to bathe the little Buddha statue with scented floral water filled with petals.
Even Hindus joined in the line for the spiritual ceremony. The ritual was a symbol of purification and spiritual cleansing from bad omens.
While I have not obtained a deep knowledge of Buddhism, I've been captivated by the glowing statue since I was small. The details and beauty of the Buddha's peaceful face was truly inspiring. Standing so close to Buddha, I'm really thankful for all of his blessings in my life.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ~Buddha
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