May 12, 2014 Written by Cindy Leow
Wesak Day is an inaugural festival celebrated by Buddhists, which falls on the day of the full moon in May. On this day, which is informally dubbed as “Buddha’s birthday”, Buddhists commemorate three very auspicious & significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life — his birthday, his enlightenment and his passing away.
Wesak Day always brings light, colour and joy to the people celebrating it with the burning of joss-sticks, candles & flower-offerings. Now if you were a monk, it would be a custom to wear a white dress robe & shave your hair off to celebrate this day. If you’re reading this, you’re most probably not – but whether you are a monk or a Buddhist or not; especially accounting the fact that we live in multicultural Malaysia, it would be a good sign of respect to wear a white dress today.
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