Monday, 19 May 2008

Wesak Day

Today is WESAK DAY, the most holy day celebrated by all the Buddhists. Wesak Day or Buddha Day generally falls on the month of May. This is a thrice blessed day which celebrates the three major events: the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing-away of Gautama the Buddha.

On this day Chinese Buddhists make their ways to the temples to pay homage to the Buddha and to reaffirm their faith in the Buddha Dharma. It is truly a religious day and many people will spend it in meditation or prayer-recitation for the well-being of others. Precepts are adhered to very strictly and only vegetarian food will be eaten.

On this day too loving-kindness is practiced in various manners as many people will set free birds and animals as a symbolic act of liberation, of giving freedom to those who are in captivity, while others choose to give alms to the poor, make donations to temples and institutions or visit the unfortunate ones who are at the Old Folks Homes, Orphanages or similar centres, bringing with them gifts of every kinds.

Wesak brings to mind, the Great Compassion of Buddha which should move us to be more determined to lead noble lives, to develop our minds, to practise loving-kindness and compassion so as to bring peace and harmony to all mankind.


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