Vesak Day Celebration, Guide and History of Vesak Day

Vesak Day Celebration, Guide and History of Vesak Day

Vesak Day is celebrated once a year, and this year falls on May 26, 2021.

Vesak Day is a holy day for Buddhists.

Vesak Day is celebrated in May on the full moon Sidhi.

Quoted from Poil Indonesia, Waisak Day was held to commemorate three important events, namely:

  1. Prince Siddharta was born in Lumbini Park in 623 BC.
  2. Prince Siddharta attained Supreme Enlightenment and became a Buddha in Buddha-Gaya (Bodh Gaya) at the age of 35 in 588 BC.
  3. Buddha Gautama Parinibbana (died) in Kusinara at the age of 80 in 543 BC.

 

So it is also known as Trisuci Waisak

  1. In Indonesia, the Vesak celebration is centered on the largest Buddhist temple in the world, namely Borobudur Temple.
  2. The celebration of Vesak Day at Borobudur Temple is usually divided into three stages.
  3. The first started with a procession of taking blessing water at the Jumprit spring in Temanggung Regency and the lighting of the torch which was carried out using an eternal flame in Mrapen, Grobogan Regency.
  4. Then proceed with the Pindapatta ritual, which is a ritual that is given specifically to people to do good.
  5. And the last Samadhi, done in the seconds before the peak of the full moon.
  6. At the peak of the celebration, Buddhists will gather to light candles and put them in lanterns or lanterns.
  7. These lanterns will later be removed together so that they will look very beautiful in the middle of the dark night sky.



 

The purpose of releasing the lantern or lantern

Again quoted from Poil Indonesia, to welcome Vesak Day, Buddhists will usually carry out the following traditions:

  1. Increase the activity of contemplating and praying
  2. Wearing white clothes
  3. Light an oil lamp or candle
  4. Applying the five principles of Pancasila, namely doing social justice for all humans.
  5. Do meditation
  6. Eat vegetables and avoid animal protein

 

Meanwhile, because Waisak Day still occurs in a pandemic atmosphere, the Ministry of Religion has issued guidelines for Puja Bhakti and Dharmasanti Waisak during the Pandemic.

Quoted from kemenag.go.id, Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has released Circular No. SE 11 of 2021, which contains guidelines for Puja Bhakti / Sembahyang & Dharmasanti Hari Raya Tri Suci Waisak 2565 Buddhist Years During the Covid Pandemic.

 

“Guidelines were published in order to provide a sense of security to Buddhists in the implementation of Puja Bhakti / Prayers and Dharmasanti Hari Raya Tri Suci Waisak 2565 Buddhist Year / 2021,” said Gus Menag in Jakarta.

 

Guidelines for Organizing Puja Bhakti and Dharmasanti Waisak During a Pandemic:

  1. Social activities such as Karya Bakti at the Heroes Cemetery and Social Service to welcome the Holy Waisak Day are carried out with the following conditions:
  2. Ensure that all participants who participate in social activities are in good health;
  3. All participants are required to wear masks, keep their distance, avoid crowds, greet with Anjali (keep both hands together in front of the chest) and strictly carry out health protocols;
  4. Arranging the number of social activity participants to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the activity venue in order to facilitate the application of guarding distance and
  5. Social activities are carried out in the most time-efficient manner possible.



 

Puja Bhakti / Prayer and Meditation for Vesak seconds are carried out

Puja Bhakti / Prayers and Meditation for Waisak seconds on May 26, 2021, at 18.13.30 WIB can be carried out both in houses of worship and in public places;

Series of events to welcome Vesak day such as taking fire and water involving large numbers of people were eliminated;

Pujabakti / Prayer and Meditation for the second of Waisak can be carried out in a house of worship or a public place on a limited basis only for sangha members and/or managers/administrators of places of worship as well as people with due observance of:

  1. The zone status where the House of Worship or public places is in the green zone and the yellow zone
  2. Make sure all participants who take part in the puja bhakti/prayer and meditation are in good health;
  3. All participants are required to wear masks, keep their distance, avoid crowds, greet with Anjali (keep both hands together in front of the chest) and strictly carry out health protocols;
  4. The maximum number of participants is 30% of the capacity of the number in order to facilitate the application of guarding distance; and
  5. Time to carry out activities as efficiently as possible.

 

Buddhists are advised to perform pujabakti and Vesak second meditation at home; and

Buddhist organizations/assemblies can take advantage of information technology / social media and/or conduct live streams related to the celebration of the Tri Suci Waisak 2565 Buddhist Year / 2021.



 

Dharmasanti Tri Suci Waisak Day is held

Dharmasanti Hari Raya Tri Suci Waisak can be carried out both in the network (virtual) and outside the network (room/building).

In the event that the Dharmasanti Hari Raya Tri Suci Waisak is carried out in a room/building, it is obligatory to observe the standard health protocol:

  1. Ensure that the Dharmasanti venue is in the green zone or yellow zone category;
  2. Make sure all participants who take part in Dharmasanti activities are in good health;
  3. All participants are required to wear masks, keep their distance, avoid crowds, greet with Anjali (keep both hands together in front of the chest), and implement strict health protocols;
  4. Arranging the number of participants in Dharmasanti activities to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the activity venue in order to facilitate the application of guarding distance;
  5. Dharmasanti activities are carried out in the most efficient time possible.
  6. The Buddhist Religious Holidays Committee prior to carrying out the Puja Bhakti / Prayer and Dharmasanti Hari Raya Tri Suci Waisak coordinates with local governments and related agencies to find out information on zoning status and ensure that the standard Covid-19 health protocol is carried out properly, safely, and under control.

 

Anjangsana in the framework of the Tri Suci Waisak Day that it is only carried out with the closest family and does not hold an open house;

In the event of an extreme development of Covid-19, the implementation of this Circular Letter will be adjusted to local conditions.



 

Quoted from various sources, a collection of 2021 Vesak Day Sayings:

  1. “Let our spirits be filled with goodness & truth. Happy Vesak Day 2021!”
  2. “May we always are guided towards the path of Absolutely Pure Peace, Happy Vesak Day 2565 BE!”
  3. “May the full moon this time eliminate our darkness and ignorance, and always guide us to the path of peace and enlightenment! Congratulations Buddha Jayanti to all of us”
  4. “May the Lord Buddha enlighten our path of love and continue to bring peace and truth to all of us. Happy Buddha Purnima”
  5. “Let us pray for peace and harmony for all humanity on this beautiful day. Happy Vesak Day 2021”
  6. “May a feeling of peace always accompany all of us, during the celebration of this sparkling Vesak day”
  7. “Happy celebrating a day full of joy for all Buddhists, Happy Vesak Day”
  8. “Use your energy to enliven goodness on this holy day, Happy Vesak Day”
  9. “Let’s use the opportunity of the good day to do positivity to fellow human beings”
  10. “Happy Vesak Day 2021! May the buddha gods always bless you”

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