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Every year, thousands of Buddhist monks gather in Borobudur Temple to perform a blissful ceremony called Praksadina. As a tribute to birth, death, and the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama (known to most of us as Buddha), Vesak Day is one of the most popular rituals in Indonesia.
This festival is held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for the Buddha. Candlelight processions are held in temples to mark the birth date of Buddha.
This ritual commemorates the date 2500 years ago when the Buddha gained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them fresh in the summer heat of May.
Festivities for Vesak Day begin at the crack of dawn in Singapore, as devout Buddhists congregate at temples for a ceremony. This is when the Buddhist flag is hoisted, and hymns are sung in praise of the Buddha, the Dharma (his teachings), and the Sangha (his disciples).
Come and volunteer in this unique Outreach Programme as the dive team’s Turtle Spotters or Research Assistants on board a research vessel in Mabul Island.
The Borneo International Marathon will be held along the scenic coastal roads of Kota Kinabalu with three main categories-10km, 21.1km (half marathon) and 42.2km (full marathon).
An exciting endurance race that includes the ‘MTB Jamboree’ and a ‘Goat Run’.The challenge takes participants through river crossings, forest trails and rocky roads.
This festival consists of a variety of activities. A traditional dance is performed in circle. In addition to this, men will wear traditional Lao women’s clothes and cosmetics, as people tie the clothes on each other. In the afternoon, people take artificial elephant and horse mock-ups around the host village. Furthermore, each village will prepare rockets for the rocket competition. The village that is able to launch its rocket the highest up in the sky, wins. The rocket competition is held in order to demonstrate appreciation to “Payathene” who provides people with the rains necessary for agriculture.
“Festival Kelate Kito” is a programme showcasing Kelantan’s folk arts, crafts and traditions such as the well-known Mak Yong, Menora, Wayang Kulit and Rebana Ubi.
22 - 26 January 2018