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Selemat Hari Waisak: Indonesia

Username By Wombat | May 13th, 2006 | Comments 3 Comments »

Today in Indonesia is Waisak Day. This is a Bhuddist holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Bhuddism.

This celebration is enlivened by religious and social activities in Buddhist temples around the country. In Indonesia, the largest Buddhist temples, Candi Mendut and Candi Borobudur, both located in the Magelang Regency of Central Java not far from Yogyakarta, are the focus of interest and attract those observing the holiday and tourists.

Three major historical events are celebrated on Waisak. The first is the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. The second is the acceptance of the divine revelation under the Bodhi tree. And the third is the journey of Siddhartha Gautama to heaven.

These three big events occur exactly on the Full Moon Purnama Sidhi. Thus, Waisak is also very well known as Tri Suci Waisak or Three Holy Events. Buddhists celebrate Waisak by praying to their God Sang Tri Ratna as thanks giving for creating and maintaining the earth and its resources in harmony. It is very common for Buddhists to celebrate Waisak with the presentation of fruit, flowers and candles. For Buddhists, candles symbolize their philosophy of life, the sought-after enlightenment.

Provinces with a relatively high percentage of Buddhists are Jakarta, Riau, North Sumatra, and West Borneo. Two of the large Buddhist monasteries are located in North Jakarta (Sunter) and West Java (Pacet), where traditional celebrations can be witnessed.

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3 Responses to “Selemat Hari Waisak: Indonesia”

Karen | May 13th, 2006 at 10:53 am | comment link
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Must be a big day for Candika. Hope all goes well for her and she enjoys it.

Julie | May 13th, 2006 at 1:35 pm | comment link
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Must be a fabulous day in Borobudur. Have a lovely day to all Bhuddists and to you Candika.

brett carson fagg arse | October 13th, 2006 at 8:24 am | comment link
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i love hari waisak day ……….and apples

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