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Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018   Leave a comment


Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Today – the 28th May, 2018 is the Wesak Eve in Penang. The Year of 2018 is the Chinese Lunar Year of the Dog. On Wesak Day a big procession shall be held in Penang going around 7 km in the George Town streets with participation of over 5,000 people. Tonight the Celebrations continued with the Lamp Lighting Ceremony at 7.00 pm and followed by the Prayers Ceremony at the MBA Buddha Float. This was followed by presentation of certificates for Blood Donation and a Cultural Show and Singing. It was a delightful evening but marred by heavy rains at 10.00 pm.

The blogger is the present Chairman of the Penang Wesak Procession Committee. Happy Wesak.

SP Lim

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Night of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

 

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018   Leave a comment


Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Today – the 28th May, 2018 is the Wesak Eve in Penang. On Wesak Day a big procession shall beheld in Penang going around 7 km in the George Town streets with participation of over 5,000 people.

The blogger is the present Chairman of the Penang Wesak Procession Committee. Happy Wesak.

SP Lim

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

Day of the Penang Wesak Eve 2018

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.

Wesak Day Procession Opening Ceremony   Leave a comment


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The Wesak Day Procession Opening Ceremony was conducted on Saturday, 5 May, 2012 at the Malaysian Buddhist Association, Burmah Road, Penang. The Right Honourable Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang officiated at the Opening Ceremony and later led the VIP’s in the Procession.

SP Lim

Transfer of Buddha image to Wesak Main Float for Procession 2012   Leave a comment


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Unsung Heroines and Heroes of the Penang Wesak Procession   Leave a comment


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I shall dedicate today’s article to the unsung heroines and heroes of the Wesak Grand Procession 2555 BE/2011 AD. Firstly, due credit must go to the beautiful creative floral decoration of the Buddha Main Float that changes year to year after much discussion by the Committee Members of the O’Hara Floral Arts Society of Penang, led by Mrs Chew ( Honey Bee Lim ). The theme of the zodiac animal of the Rabbit was depicted as the years in some floral arrangement on the Float. They worked tirelessly from morning till night. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.
Next on my list shall be my Committee Members of my Procession Committee for their unselfish effort in taking the Main Float from Green Lane to MBA, carrying the 1-tonne Buddha Statue to the Float and back after the Procession. The cleaning-up process and transporting back to Green Lane again. RACES – radio amateur communications emergency services group for their usual assistance, Red Crescent and other volunteers. Well, as in many organizations, there are always obstacles to the success of any project. Buddha blesses them and hope they shall reap what they sowed in their karma!

SP Lim

Good News ! I survived to fight another battle in future.   Leave a comment


The final blood test today at the General Hospital cleared me of dengue infection as my platelets has gone to normal after an all-time low of 120. No wonder I was disallowed to donate blood three weeks ago as my blood pressure was too high! Too high??? I was donating blood for over 20 times without any incident so I should have suspected something was brewing in my blood – like a bacterial or viral infection. Well, the final result matters, is to get well. I suffered last week with a throbing headache – which I shall describe as an elephant was running around in my brain. I never felt so intense a pain or headache as before in my 59 years of my life! So I survive to be ready for the Wesak Procession to be held on Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 to commemorate the Buddha’s Triple Blessed Day – His Birth, His Enlightment and His Passing Away ie 2555 years ago. Happy Wesak to all Buddhists.

SP Lim

Transfer of Wesak Float to MBA   Leave a comment


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The members of Wesak Procession Committee spent this Saturday in moving the Main Buddha Float and Gong Float from Green Lane down to MBA Building on Saturday, 30 APril, 2011. With increasing traffic in Penang, this simple task is coming more difficult with the passing years. Thanks must go to the members helping out and to the owners for lending their forklift and lorry to us.

SP Lim
Penang Wesak Procession Chairman 2011

Wesak Celebrations’ Press Conference this morning   Leave a comment


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A press conference was held this morning for Penang Main Wesak Celebrations Commitee for 2011 or Buddhist Era 2555. This year also marks the 2600 years after the Buddha attained his Enlightment under the bohdi tree. It is known as 2600 Buddha Jayanthi Year and an event called ” Lights Of Gratitude Nite ” shall be held on Saturday 14 May, 2011 at 7.00 pm at Malaysian Buddhist Association Hall of the new building, 182 Burmah Road, Penang. All are welcome.

Full programme shall be scanned and uploaded soon as driver of scanner is missing!.

April 28, 2011 | Categories: Buddhist Era, Penang Wesak Main Celebrations Committee, Programme, Wesak Celebrations | Tags: Dana to Sangkha

SP Lim

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