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In Pictures: Wesak Day Celebration at Buddhist Maha Vihara

In Malaysia, Wesak Day is a public holiday and was celebrated on 13th May recently.  Wesak or Vesak Day is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in many countries all over the world. It is sometimes called “Buddha’s Birthday” as it commemorates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and his departure from the human world. I visited the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur – a Buddhist temple founded by the Sinhalese community to provide a place of worship in the Sri Lankan Thevrada Buddhist tradition. There was going to be an 8km Wesak light and float procession at night, so I

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Colours and Drama: Thaipusam in Malaysia

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on a grand scale in Malaysia, mostly by the Tamil community, and is observed in other countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Mauritius. The festival attracts over a million people each year at Batu Caves (near Kuala Lumpur), the central point of Thaipusam festival here but it is also celebrated in other major cities like Penang and Ipoh, and Ipoh was the place where I witnessed Thaipusam for the first time up close and personal. The meaning of Thaipusam Thaipusam is typically celebrated

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