Vesak Day in Borobudur
Borobudur as the one of the biggest buddhist temple in the world not only use as the oneof tourist attraction in Indonesia but also used as the place for buddha pray and do the religion agenda like Vesak. The celebration of Vesak Day 2021 yesterday left beautiful things and unforgettable memories because it was accompanied by 1000 lanterns that filled the night sky in Magelang, Central Java. On this occasion, the lantern flight was aimed at commemorating the great day of the Buddhists, and the general public saw 1000 lanterns. The atmosphere is very touching because many ritual and non-ritual moments accompany the Vesak blessing.
The Facts of the Vesak Celebration
The facts of the Vesak celebration consist of 3 points:
- Commemorating the birth of the future Buddha in 623 B.C, located in Lubini Park, Kapilavasthu, Nepal
- Commemorating the day of perfect enlightenment in 588 A.D, situated under the Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya, India
- Commemorating the death or death of Gautama Buddha in 543 B.C, at the age of 80, Kusinara, India.
During the celebration of Vesak Day 2021, Buddhists fervently pray and do much self-introspection during their lives. The most important Buddhist teaching is always to think positively with God’s given destiny, remember every kind of people to us, and be compassionate for all living beings.
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The stages of the Vesak celebration begin a week before the day arrives by lighting incense in every house so that the ancestors who come are welcomed. Then, a candle flower ceremony is held as a ritual to honour those who have contributed to the death. After that, the Buddha statue bathing ceremony was held to appreciate the Lord Buddha who keeps his people from harm, protects the family, and provides prosperity. The ceremony of bathing the Buddha statue is material and controls the lust of human greed. The evil nature inherent in humans can appear at any time.
What do you do during Vesak Day?
During the Vesak celebrations for Buddhists, Buddhist leaders will tell people about the birth of Buddha, Buddha’s journey to becoming a holy leader with compassion, patience, not thinking about the world, and always praying for safety.
After the great Vesak sermon, the evening is the peak of the beauty of the celebration by flying the lanterns into the sky simultaneously, totalling 1000 pieces. The goal is to understand that a dark heart can be illuminated with the light of Buddha. The flight process is located at Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java. You can follow the moment of the flight of 1000 lanterns in the following year, of course, it’s fascinating!
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Watching the flying of lanterns at Borobudur, tourist attractions while getting to know the history of Borobudur as one of the wonders of the world. Every time you climb the temple levels, some reliefs are carved and tell all the plots of human life, from the low-caste life to the particular caste. Every action must have a consequence that is accepted so that humans are always aware that there is a God who sees every step.