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.
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.
Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes all our Christian friends a “Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year”! May your celebrations be blessed with love, happiness and fulfillment. Let us reflect wisely and grow spiritually to become better individuals and compassionate communities.
‘Diwali’, or ‘Deepavali’ in Malaysia, is often called the “festival of lights”. The light that abolishes darkness is emblematic of the triumph of goodness over evil; truth over falsehood; and wisdom over ignorance. Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes our Hindu friends across the world a joyous celebration of ‘Diwali’. May you enjoy delightful reunions with family, and cheerful meetings with friends. Namaste!
Back in 1963, the peoples of Malaya and the former British colonies of North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore decided to form a federation of 14 states and territories under a federal government based in Kuala Lumpur. Thus on 16 September that year, a country named ‘Malaysia’ was born of that aspiration. In August 1965, Singapore left the federation to become an independent republic. The other 13 states have continued to persevere as a nation until today.
Chinese people throughout the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) on the full-moon day of the eighth lunar month, which falls on 15 September this year. It is a time of family gatherings and convivial reunions. We wish everyone who celebrates the festival much joy and merriment.