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The Malaysian public is celebrating the Buddhist Wesak Day

Writer: Ma Yafei

Editor: Zhang Xiaoya

Wesak Day, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is also a time for monks to give alms. In the evening, every family eats vegetarian food and lights oil lamps. With great significance for millions of Buddhists around the world, Malaysia's observance of this holy day testifies to the country's commitment to religious harmony and diversity.

The celebration is marked by a variety of activities that offer participants the opportunity to reflect on Buddha's teachings and promote acts of kindness, compassion and inner growth.

(Photo by Ma Yafei ,Tokong Hou)

Under the theme of "Buddha's Light Shines on the Heart", Malaysia's Wesak Day celebrations began with an early morning alms ceremony, in which devotees offered food, robes and other necessities to monks as a symbol of generosity and gratitude. This selfless act reminds everyone of the importance of giving and caring for those in need, fostering a spirit of compassion and social responsibility.

Throughout the day, Buddhist temples welcome visitors from different faiths, providing an open and inclusive space for people to learn about Buddhist teachings and principles. The temple is decorated with colorful decorations, the smell of incense and soothing chants fill the air, creating a tranquil and contemplative atmosphere.

(Photo by Ma Yafei ,Sungai Chua)

One of the highlights of the Wesak Day celebrations is the grand parade held in the evening. Led by monks and devotees, the 20 parade floats are elaborately decorated with scenes depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. Numerous participants joined the procession, chanting prayers and holding candles, creating a mesmerizing sight that captures the essence of devotion and spiritual enlightenment.

UKM student GUO YIHUI (22) said: "This is my first trip to Malaysia for Wesak Day and I am very impressed. It blows my mind that there are so many interesting and special customs."

Apart from the religious aspect, Wesak Day is also a platform for cultural exchange and understanding. A variety of cultural performances, including traditional music, dance and drama, showcased the rich heritage of Malaysia's diverse community. This cultural mix demonstrates the country's commitment to promoting unity and respect among its people, regardless of their background or beliefs.

In this multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. The country's state religion is Islam, but the constitution guarantees freedom of religious practice for all ethnic groups. The Malaysian Government has played an active role in supporting and promoting the Wesak Day celebrations, recognising the importance of religious freedom and cultural diversity.

The spirit of unity, compassion and enlightenment was embodied in this year's Wesak Day celebrations in Malaysia, creating a rich experience for all involved. The event is a reminder that the Buddha's teachings are timeless and that they have a profound impact on individual lives and society as a whole.

Wesak Day in Malaysia falls on May 4, 2023. It is a public holiday for Buddhists across Malaysia to celebrate the holy Day, a symbol of respect for religious freedom in the country.

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