Tuesday, May 1, 2007
May 1 Wesak Day Celebrations in Penang.
Though Wasak Day is held in most parts of Malaysia. The day is considered to be very important for Buddhists around the world. Wesak Day is celebrated by thousands of Buddhists across Malaysia. On this day, thousands of Buddhists throng to the temples in the country. It is a day when Buddhists observe the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha Siddharta Gautama Buddha. The day he achieved enlightenment and also the day of his death some 3,000 years ago. Religious offerings are carried out. Rituals such as the "Bathing of the Buddha", chanting of holy scriptures, lighting of joss sticks and ordination of monks usually take place in the Buddhist temples during the Wesak Day Celebrations.
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