Triple joy for Buddhists

Important event: Temple members making offering of fruits and flowers.

SIBU: The Wesak Day celebration at Sibu Buddhist Association temple was an event deep rooted in tradition as revellers of young and old coverged for this joyous occasion.

The celebration yesterday was presided by a monk from Taiwan, Reverend Tachi, and which saw close to 500 devotees participating.

Association chairman Charlie Tang said this important event for the Buddhists was not only to celebrate the 2,559th birthday of Buddha but also the day he became enlightened and the day he passed on.

“All these three occasions happened during the full moon which are on the 15th of our Chinese calendar. We are celebrating this occasions annually and it is also a worldwide celebration,” he said.

The symbolic to the celebration, he said, was the bathing of the statue of Buddha during the ceremony.

Throughout the celebration, the devotees offered 10 different items, among them were flowers, fruits, incense and candles to Buddha.

The celebration, he said, was also an opportunity for family members to pray for their late parents in a room which housed all the plaque of those who had passed on.

Observance: A young devotee carrying flowers to be sprinkle at the ceremony.

The celebration at the temple included a special prayer for victims of Nepal earthquake.

“We pray hoping that the victims will recovered from this natural disaster and go on to rebuild their life,” said Tang.

The temple also raised funds for the earthquake victims from donations made by the devotees.

“Funds collected will be channeled to the Malaysia Buddhist Association, its headquarters is in Penang,” he said.

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