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Drawing, conté crayons, copyright by Thomas Kluck
Vesak, or Buddha’s Birthday, is a holy day observed traditionally by Buddhists that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. This year Vesak is celebrated on the 25th of May.
Colourful lanterns with wish tags and cherry blossoms
When my family lived in Korea, we celebrated Vesak by going to our neighbouring temple. The streets leading up to the temple were decorated with lanterns and trees celebrated the month of May with abundant cherry blossoms. The temple was almost covered with colourful lanterns. Our young daughter had to touch them all. Buddha’s Birthday was one of the most colourful and happiest days.
We donated money to the temple and clipped our wish tag to one of the lanterns. After a walk through the temple gardens, we were invited by the monks to pour ama-cha (a beverage prepared from a variety of hydrangea) on a small Buddha statute, as if bathing a newborn baby. A festival with music and lectures followed. Long time after we had gone home, we could still listen to the music through our open windows.
If you have no temple in your area, you can still celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Invite friends over for a (vegan/vegetarian) lunch or diner, put on colourful lanterns, or write your fellow Buddhist friends a nice handwritten note with a Buddhist verse that inspires you and your friend. Or walk the dog of your ill neighbour or visit an animal shelter…there are many ways to celebrate Vesak.
May the teachings of the Buddha bring you wisdom and happiness.
P.S. I invite links to vegan/vegetarian blogs for Vesak lunch and dinner ideas in the comment-section. I thank my fellow vegan and vegetarian blog-friends in advance for their cooperation and scrumptious ideas.