14 November 2020

Wishing you a Happy Diwali

‘Diwali’, or ‘Deepavali’, celebrates the symbolic victory of goodness over evil and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance.  This year, many are not able to gather in large groups to celebrate this festive occasion due to the on-going measures to stem Covid-19 infections.  We can, however, still connect meaningfully with others by sending our good wishes and sincere thoughts of love and care. Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes our Hindu friends a “Joyous Diwali” filled with harmony and peace!  With understanding and compassion in these trying times, let us keep our loved ones safe and our hearts light.

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1 October 2020

Greetings this Mid-Autumn Festival

On the full-moon day of the eighth lunar month which falls on 1 October this year, Chinese people around the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节). Families gather for harmonious reunions and enjoy putting up displays of colourful lanterns that mimic the autumn foliage

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16 September 2020

Happy 57th ‘Malaysia Day’!

Today, we mark the 57th anniversary of the formation of our beloved nation ‘Malaysia’.  We have travelled quite a distance along the path of nationhood since then.  We are happy that this multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural country has withstood half a century of trials and tribulations to emerge with a stronger society and a more resilient economy.

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30 August 2020

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-63

Tomorrow on 31 August, we celebrate Malaysia’s 63rd anniversary of Independence, known as ‘Merdeka Day’.  The word ‘Merdeka’ is derived from the Pāli word ‘maha-iddhika’ meaning ‘possessing great power’.  It refers to the power given to Malaysians, having gained autonomy, to progress the nation through self-determination.

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9 August 2020

Singapore’s National Day

Today marks the Republic of Singapore’s 55th National Day as the nation comes together to celebrate and promote the wholesome qualities of compassion and kindness amidst adversity.  On this special occasion, Nalandians would like to wish our Singaporean friends a joyous celebration of their National Day with unity and harmony.  Happy National Day!

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23 May 2020

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

This weekend, Muslims worldwide celebrate ‘Aidilfitri’ which marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting of Ramadhan.  This year, many Malaysians may not be able to gather and celebrate as usual with their elders, relatives and friends, considering the on-going prohibition on inter-state travel and the ban on having large gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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24 April 2020

Welcoming Ramadhan & Vesakhā

Today marks the start of Ramadhan fasting month for Muslims around the world.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islamic faith, but it means more than not consuming food and drinks during the day.  The purpose of the fast is to cleanse the mind from sensual desires and worldly cravings; it is a time of spiritual reflection for the purpose of purifying oneself.

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13 April 2020

New Year Greetings สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์

Today marks the New Year celebration for people in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and in many parts of South India.  Nalanda Buddhist Society wishes our Thai teachers and friends a peaceful celebration of Songkran, as well as wishing our Myanmar friends a happy Thingyan, and our Sri Lankan friends a meaningful Sinhala New Year.

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8 February 2020

Happy “Chap Goh Meh”!

Today is the full-moon day of the first lunar month, marking the end of the 15-day Lunar New Year celebrations.  Termed “Chap Goh Meh” in the local Hokkien dialect, it is a significant day for the Chinese community.  Families gather for another round of harmonious reunion and make aspirations for a happy and peaceful year ahead. We wish you and your loved ones a joyful and heartfelt celebration.  Happy “Chap Goh Meh”!

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25 January 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!

Nalanda wishes you a blessed Chinese New Year. May you and your loved ones spend the festivities joyously and meaningfully.  To those who are travelling home, we wish you safe journeys.  May everyone be well and happy always!

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