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Progress of modifications to the main Wesak Float   Leave a comment


Some members of the Wesak Procession were following up on the progress of the modifications to be made to the Main Wesak Float by end December 2013. We should be ready by the next Wesak Procession to be held on 13 of May, 2014.

What is Wesak Celebration ?
Vesākha (Pali;Sanskrit: Vaiśākha, Sinhala: වෙසක් පෝය, Devanagari: वैशाख, Nepali: बुद्ध पुर्णिमा, बुद्ध जयन्ति, Bengali: বুদ্ধ পূর্ণিমা or ভেসাক, Thai: วิสาขบูชา), Wesak or Vesak also known as Buddha Purnima is a holy day observed traditionally by Buddhists in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Indonesia.[1] Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha.[2]
The exact date of Vesākha varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon Uposatha day, typically in the 5th or 6th lunar month. Vesākha Day in China and Korea is on the eighth of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. In leap years Vesākha is celebrated in June.
The name of the observance is derived from the Pali term vesākha or Sanskrit vaiśākha, which is the name of the lunar month falling in April–May (see Vaisakha).[3] In Mahayana Buddhist traditions, the holiday is known by its Sanskrit name (Vaiśākha) and derived variants of it. Local renditions of the name vary by language, including:
Nepali: Buddha Purnima (बुद्ध पुर्णिमा), Budhha Jayanti (बुद्ध जयन्ति)
Bengali: Buddho Purnima (বুদ্ধ পূর্ণিমা), Buddho Joyonti (বুদ্ধ জয়ন্তী) or Bhesak (ভেসাক)
Sinhala: Vesak (වෙසක්) Full Moon Poya Day
Burmese: Kason Full Moon Day
Chinese: Fó Dàn (佛誕), Yù Fó Jié (浴佛節), Wèi Sāi Jié (衛塞節) or Fāt Dàahn
Filipino: Araw Ni Buddha
Indonesian: Hari Waisak
Japanese: Hanamatsuri (花祭)
Khmer: Visak Puja (or Visak Bochea) (វិសាខបូជា)
Korean: Seokka Tanshin-il (석가 탄신일, 釋迦誕身日)
Laotian: Vixakha Bouxa
Malaysian: Hari Wesak
Tibetan: Saga Dawa (*ས་ག་ཟླ་བ། )
Thai: Wisakha Bucha (วิสาขบูชา)
Vietnamese: Phật Đản

From the Wikipedia.

SP Lim

I leave with a few of Buddha’s quotes to ponder,
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

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