Pindapata, Starting a Good Day with Good Deed

Bhikkus (Buddhist monks) performing an alms-gathering, known as pindapata on the day before the feast of Vesak 2558 BE/2014, in Magelang, Central Java, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

 By: Sahrudin – alwaysmagelang@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 in Magelang Municipality

06.30 AM

Approximately 100 bhikkus (Buddhist monks) from several countries to perform prayer at the Liong Hok Bio — a Chinese temple located in downtown Magelang that was built in 1864 by Captain Be Koen Wie, also known as Be Tjok Lok.

One of the bhikkus is walking and splashing the holy water to shrines or altars inside the temple. 

Outside the Liong Hok Bio, police are directing traffic, and soldiers to keep orderliness and security.

07.30 AM

Bhikkhus accompanied by members of the Indonesian Buddhist Board (Walubi) start barefoot walking the 1.5-kilometers-long Jalan Pemuda, locally known as Pecinan, collecting alms from shop owners.

Most shops are still close. Only a small number of them that have been opened.

Standing in front of their own stores, shop owners are greeting the bhikkus with hands clasped over the chests.

They take turns putting money wrapped in red envelopes into silver bowls held by the bhikkus wearing distinctive russet red and orange robes.

08.13 AM

Bhikkus walking back to Liong Hok Bio temple, and continuing other processions.

The next rituals of Vesak celebration will be concentrated at Mendut and Borobudur temples, until Thursday.***

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