Monks from Various Countries Join Waisak Celebration In Borobudur Temple

MAGELANG ~

A number of monks from various countries including India, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, attended Waisak celebration in Borobudur Temple, on Wednesday.

Around 120 monks started the procession from Liong Hok Bio Temple located in the south of Magelang City’s square, Central Java, Monk Bante Wong Shin Labiko Mahatera from Lembang, West Java, said here on Wednesday.

During the procession, they would bring big silver bowls where Buddhists put alms comprising food or money for the monks.

Waisak or Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Gautama Buddha.

Upon reaching Borobudur, the monks usually circumambulate the monument three times clockwise (pradaksina) before ascending to the pinnacle.

At the end of the ceremony, the monks will release hundreds of sky lanterns into the air, a gesture that is meant to represent the Buddha’s bringing enlightenment to the world and the hope of dreams realized in the year to come.

The Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. The temple was built in the ninth century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty.

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim majority country which also has Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu as the minorities.

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