By: Sahrudin – email@example.com
WITH great ceremonial rituals, Buddhists throughout the world will celebrate Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday) 2558 on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
In Borobudur temple, Magelang Regency, Vesak feast scheduled to start at 02.15 AM, says Buddhist Community Education Director General, Indonesia Religious Ministry Joko Wuryanto, in Jakarta, Walubi reported.
About 30,000 Buddhists from 12 countries, including the United States and Australia are expected to attend the ritual which will be held in the courtyard of Borobudur temple.
A series of this year’s Vesak celebration has actually been started on Sunday, April 27, where Buddhists throughout Indonesia cleaning heroes headstones in their respective areas.
On Sunday and Monday, May 11 and 12, Vesak committees are organizing free and charitable clinic in the area of Borobudur temple.
Buddhist monks and nuns are taking the holy water from Umbul Jumprit spring in Temanggung Regency, on Tuesday, May 13.
On the same day, some other Buddhist monks and nuns will lit a torch from natural eternal flame at Mrapen site of Purwodadi Regency.
Both water and flame are then placed in Mendut temple, about 2 kilometers east of Borobudur temple.
More than one hundred of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist monks and nuns will perform Pindapata, the practice of alms-gathering on Jalan Pemuda, Magelang Municipality, on Wednesday, May 14 beginning at 7 AM.
Jalan Pemuda, better known as Pecinan, is Magelang’s shopping center as well as settlement for many Chinese-Indonesian and Buddhists.
The next rituals of Vesak celebration will be concentrated at Mendut and Borobudur temples, until Thursday.***