Nalandians who returned from Lunar New Year celebrations in their respective hometowns had a wonderful ‘reunion’ at Nalanda Book Café in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, on 2 February. The festive gathering saw Nalanda members and devotees from the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Sungai Petani congregating for the ‘soft reopening’ of the Book Café, which resumed operations after several months of renovation.
Today is the full-moon of the first lunar month, also known locally as “Chap Goh Meh”, which means ‘the fifteenth night’ in the Hokkien dialect. It marks the end of the 15-day Lunar New Year celebrations, and is a significant day for the Chinese community. Traditionally, families would celebrate the festival with another round of joyous reunion, and aspirations for a happy, harmonious and bountiful year ahead.
Nalanda Buddhist Society management and members wish everyone a “Happy Lunar New Year” with the blessings of Dhamma! May you and your loved ones enjoy good health, success and peace in the year ahead. Travel safe and enjoy your holidays with family and friends. Sukhihontu!
The few days leading to the arrival of Lunar New Year have traditionally been a time for Nalandians to gather to wish each other a joyful celebration before everyone heads home for reunion with family and friends. On Tuesday 24 January, the New Year ‘couplet’ was unveiled before the start of evening chanting in the Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre. It was indeed a lively and cheerful event for devotees in Sri Serdang.
We would like to inform you that Nalanda Centre, Youth Centre and Pustaka Nalanda (the Library) in Sri Serdang will be closed for a week from Thursday, 26 January to Wednesday, 1 February for the Lunar New Year holidays. The Centre and Library will reopen on Thursday, 2 February at 10am. We wish everyone a joyous celebration of Lunar New Year! May you and your loved ones be well and happy always.
There was good cheer all around on Sunday 22 January as Nalanda members and devotees gathered in Sri Serdang on the last Sunday before the Lunar New Year. Bro. Tan gave an insightful talk on the ‘recipe’ for the best-ever celebration of the season – a chance to experience spirituality at every turn with our sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, thinking, and feeling.
Over the weekend on 21 January, Nalandians in Kedah were busy cleaning and decorating NEO Centre Sungai Petani in preparation to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year. Members and devotees worked harmoniously in making the place spick and span and truly welcoming!
As 2016 draws to a close, let us take this opportunity to reflect, express gratitude, and radiate loving-kindness to the whole world. We invite you to come with your family and friends to ‘calm down’ to the New Year at Nalanda Centre on Saturday, 31 December. We shall be having the traditional meditation, chanting and blessings from 11pm to 12am on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2017.