Wesak Traditions

20 April 2023

Buddha Day Heritage Procession

The Buddha Day Heritage Procession at Nalanda is a unique cultural experience for the whole community to gather for a spiritual experience.  It is the only Heritage Procession in Malaysia where the Buddharupam is conveyed on a wooden sedan to the harmonious beat of drums and gongs, accompanied by beautifully hand-crafted paraphernalia carried by traditionally-dressed devotees.

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17 April 2023

Buddha Day – Mass Food Offering

A Mass Food Offering for the public will be held on Wesak ‘Buddha Day’, 4 May, from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.  Every year, devotees bring along food to share and serve the public out of generosity and humility.  We rejoice in knowing that many who received food years ago are now offering food to the public in return!  Sharing blessings and working together in harmony, this mass food offering is also a wonderful opportunity to cultivate ourselves spiritually.

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13 May 2022

60th Anniversary of Wesak Holiday in Malaysia

On 15 May 2022, Buddhists will celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment over 2,600 years ago on the full-moon of the Wesak month, commonly referred to as ‘Wesak Day’.  This marks the beginning of the Buddhist Era (B.E.) 2566, calculated from the time of the passing away of the Buddha in 543 BCE.  Find out more about how Wesak Day was gazetted as a Public Holiday 60 years ago.

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30 April 2020

‘Buddha Day’ theme to be announced

Every year, a few days before Wesak Full-moon ‘Buddha Day’, a theme will be announced for that particular year’s celebration.  The purpose of having a theme is to focus devotees’ attention to an important aspect of Dhamma learning and practice that will help us grow spiritually.  The theme will subsequently be explained and elaborated upon in Dhamma talks over the entire year.

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15 June 2019

Buddha Day in Johor Bahru

‘Buddha Day’ was celebrated meaningfully at Nalanda Johor Bahru Branch with various educational and devotional programmes organised for the local community.

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16 May 2019

Walk in Peace, with faith and devotion

We invite you and your loved ones to join the ‘Buddha Day’ Heritage Procession at Nalanda Centre this Sunday 19 May at 7.00 pm.  This unique cultural and spiritual experience attracts thousands of participants yearly, who walk in faith to honour the Buddha.

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7 June 2018

‘Buddha Day’ celebration at Nalanda

The Wesak full-moon ‘Buddha Day’ celebration was a week ago, but its joyful spirit still lingers in our hearts.  The observance at Nalanda Centre has always been a great occasion for everyone – it is not just a spiritual celebration, but also a cultural feast based upon deep Buddhist heritage.

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27 May 2018

Unique Heritage Procession

The ‘Buddha Day’ Heritage Procession at Nalanda Centre is a unique cultural and spiritual experience that attracts thousands of participants yearly.  Once a year, the Buddha’s Sacred Relic will be brought out to lead the procession in Sri Serdang.  This year, it will be held on Tuesday, 29 May, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

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26 May 2018

Food offering to the community

Every year on Wesak ‘Buddha Day’, Nalanda members and devotees are encouraged to cook and prepare meals to offer to visitors so as to cultivate loving-kindness, generosity and humility.  Not only do we prepare the food with mettā, we are also the ones personally offering it to the public with respect.  This mass food offering has been a Nalandian tradition since our inception.

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29 July 2017

Wonderful Wesak at Nalanda J. B.

This year, Nalanda Johor Bahru Branch arranged a wholesome two-day ‘Buddha Day’ Observance programme on 9 and 10 May at NEO Centre Taman Johor Jaya.  The Branch hosted three Dhamma talks, the ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Exhibition prepared by our Dhamma School students, the traditional evening Heritage Procession, mass food offering, and monk going on alms-round in Taman Johor Jaya Dedap zone.

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