Ceremony teaches young ones filial piety

Handling with care: Thor, being served tea by her daughter Natalie, during the triple celebrations in Beach Street, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Young children here warmed their mothers’ hearts by kneeling and serving them tea in a Chinese ceremony full of deference.

Fiona Thor, 33, smiled as she sipped the tea served by her eight-year-old daughter Natalie Chin.

“She is young so we have never done much to celebrate the occasion.

“I find this simple ritual to be memorable as it inculcates the virtues of gratitude and filial piety,” she said.

She was among the mothers at Penang Buddhist Tzu Chi Merits Society’s triple celebration of Wesak Day, Mother’s Day and the society’s 50th anniversary held in Beach Street and the Esplanade.

Society commissioner Khoo Boo Leong said every May 2, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Taiwan headquarters would organise the triple celebration.

“Global volunteers will hold it at their respective homeland to honour both Buddha and our parents.

“This year the celebration commemorates Taiwan Tzu Chi Foundation’s 50th anniversary in line with the spirit of perseverance and the mission to help those in need,” he said at the ceremony yesterday.

The celebration saw 248 Buddha statues arrayed in rows for devotees and visitors to pay homage to during the Buddha bathing ceremony.

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