PENANG HERITAGE AND HOLY CULTURE - WESAK DAY
PENANG - WESAK HOLY DAY CELEBRATION
Wesak Day is considered as a holy celebration for the Buddhists as the day
commemorates with Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Wesak
day celebration activities have been observed as an act of paying homage
to Lord Buddha. Before his death, Lord Buddha advised his disciples not
to cry over the disintegration of his physical body, but to follow and
spread his teachings. His teachings explains that only the Dhamma truth
is eternal. Buddha stressed that offering flowers and burning incense
and candles are not the only way to pay homage to him as a teacher and
advise them to sincerely follow and practise his teachings. Hence, all
Buddhist devotees vowed and strived to lead noble lives, practise
generousity, kindness and promote peace and harmony among humanity.
The Malaysian Buddhist Association in Penang is an established centre.
Its mission is to enhance and propagate research on the teachings of
Buddhism. Members of the association carried out social charity and
welfare work in many fields such as education and medicine. As part of
Wesak celebrations, the association organised noble events such as blood
donation drives, charity dinners for the under-privileged, charity
donations and visits to orphanages, old folks homes, nursing homes and
handicapped centres of all faith.