What is Wesak Day in Malaysia? A look into the Buddhist Holy Day

What is Wesak Day?

This is a day observed by Buddhists for the full moon in May to celebrate the birthday of Gautama Buddha.

Wesak Day is observed on the full moon in May to celebrate the birthday of Gautama Buddha. The Buddhists celebrate it as a holy day of merit, when there is an opportunity to accumulate good karma. In Malaysia, his celebration has been celebrated for more than 2500 years and is usually around April or May.

Vesak or Wesak?

In Malaysia, we called it and spelled it Wesak, not Vesak.

The holiday of Vesak is traditionally observed by Buddhists and Hindus in South and Southeast Asia as well as Tibet and Mongolia.. Vesak is celebrated on the first full moon day in May according to Theravada tradition. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha in Theravada Tibetan Buddhism and Navayana.

What is the Relation in Wesak and Hinduism

Wesak is the celebration of the Buddha’s birthday. Wesak celebrations are often combined with a traditional Hindu celebration, called “Buddha Purnima”.

In Buddhism, Buddhists believe that there are three aspects to the Buddha: Body, Speech and Mind. The celebration of Wesak falls on the day of “Prayoga” in Theravada Buddhism which is celebrated by a ceremony called ‘Bathing Ceremony for the Relic’.

The festivities include ceremonies like chanting prayers and meditating. During these celebrations, Buddhists often visit temples and monasteries for religious ceremonies and also they organize community gatherings to celebrate.

Hinduism and Ambedkarite Buddhism

Ambedkarite Buddhism is a form of Buddhism that was founded by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. It is also known as Navayana, and it is considered a separate school within the Buddhist tradition.

The best way to understand Ambedkarite Buddhism might be to think about it as a radical form of Theravada Buddhism, but with an added focus on the Dalit people.

Dalits are at the bottom of India’s caste system. They are considered “untouchable” and live in poverty because they don’t have access to education or jobs. According to Ambedkar, this unfair treatment has made them the most oppressed group in human history.

The Importance of Wesak (Buddhist Holy Day)

Wesak is the most important event on the Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha.

This day is considered sacred and it should be treated as such. The festival usually lasts for five days and takes place in May or June, which can be a difficult time to find an appropriate gift for the occasion.

Gifts such as flowers, food, candles and statues are often given to represent different aspects of Buddhism which a person may not know about.

Any issue with Buddha and Islam in Malaysia?

Islam is the religion of the majority of Malaysians, and there are many people who follow Buddhism. However, Malaysia is a diverse country where the different races and religions have been living in harmony for centuries.

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