KUCHING, May 7: As Buddhists celebrate Wesak Day today, Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations president Datuk Richard Wee hopes that devotees will celebrate at home and not the temples.
In light of the Movement Control Order (MCO) against the deadly Covid-19 outbreak, Wee said, “I hope the Buddhist community will comply with the MCO and offer their Wesak Day prayers at home.
“Although we cannot control them from going out, I encourage all Buddhists to be responsible devotees, avoid gatherings and always keep in mind to practise social distancing,” he said.
Wesak Day is one of the most important festivals that Buddhists celebrate; as the birth of Buddha, his enlightenment, and his eventual death.
The celebration usually begins when Buddhists gather in their temples at the break of dawn.
At the temple, they meditate on all of the precepts that make up the religion of Buddhism which include speaking wisely, reflecting on Buddhist teachings, bring offerings of candles and flowers to the temple and share food with people.
Another tradition is the symbolic washing of the statue of Buddha.
It is believed that this ritual washing will cleanse their souls and purify their spirits.
The end of the festivities usually begins with a parade that consists of many flower decorated floats and statues of Buddha, walking alongside these processions carrying lotus flowers and candles.—DayakDaily
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