Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wesak Day


Wesak is the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha.  I only found out a minute ago that it falls on the first full moon of Taurus, usually in the month of May.  But it's not even full moon until the 27 or 28 May.

People came up and poured water on each of the little standing Buddha.  There were perhaps about a dozen of those.  What does that symbolise?  I know very little about Buddhism.

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17 comments:

reanaclaire said...

hi ai shiang...sorry cannot help u here.. i m a christian..
u changed your template layout? :)

uLi.佑莉 said...

Wesak ar...I only know got pray pray lo...and it's public holiday!! Yeah!

Bananazക said...

By pouring the water over the shoulders of the Buddha serves as a reminder to purify the mind from greed, hatred and ignorance. In the process of pouring one must be very mindful towards the ceremony as it symbolizes the washing and purification of one's heart and mind to be free from greed, hatred and ignorance. You can do so with a chant if you know how. tQ.

Ai Shiang said...

Reanaclaire,
No worries :o). Yes, I changed my layout quite sometime ago already.

Uli,
I agree! Yeah! But there's no holiday here.

Bananazക
How intriguing. Thanks for the detailed explaination.

Tekkaus said...

Ours will be celebrated at the end of this month. :)

蘇pet0701em_halvorsen said...

Nice post ~ 3Q..............................................................

manglish said...

ohhh so soon ehh going to be wesak day...:)

Mei Teng said...

This is offtopic. Read about the upcoming Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas in the paper this morning. You will be shooting? The light projection on the Opera House must be a sight to behold.

HappySurfer said...

Nice! Was this taken in Sydney?

Ai Shiang said...

Tekkaus,
I suppose the correct date is the end of this month :)

Manglish,
Haha! Yes, time flies huh?

Mei Teng,
Oh! The festival of light, I went last year. It's also called Vivid Sydney. I did post some pictures on my 7 June 2009 post. I didn't have my 10-22mm lens back then. Maybe I'll try shooting it again if I have someone to accompany me, since it's at night.

Happysurfer,
It was taken in Sydney.

Rafael Lam said...

I also don't know much about Buddhism,
but it's very mystery for me!

Ayie said...

i also don't know...i'm a catholic

Pete said...

Buddhism can be a little abstract at times. There are some sections with scientific concept as well.
Pouring water over the statue of Buddha remind ourselves that we need to purify our mind and body.

fufu said...

wesak is coming huuh... i was visiting penang last year... the parade was awesome!

gina said...

Thanks to Bananaz for the clarification. I read them on the internet as well, it's an act of respect and purification of oneself.

Happy wesak day, Ai Shiang! By the way, I've reverted back to wordpress liao. :D

hcpen said...

wow, i was here too! They had baby blessing ceremony there too! haha..funny i didn't bump into u..but there were tons of people. I enjoyed the vegetarian dishes alot...did you have a chance to taste some??

Horsoon said...

There are some quite bigger-scale celebrations of Wesak Day in Malaysia. I've just attended one in KL last weekend and shot some pictures too. Maybe I'll share the Flickr link with you once they are posted ;)

BTW, the coming Wesak Day is May 28 and it's a holiday in KL!