Thai monk Banthe Prayat Thongrat meditates outside Gumpung Temple in Muarajambi, Jambi, on Sunday (Antara Photo/Wahdi Septiawan)
Prayers, Lanterns, Eternal Flame: Celebrating Vesak in Indonesia
BY :ANTARA PHOTO
MAY 19, 2019
Monks from several Southeast Asian countries joined Indonesian Buddhists in Vesak celebrations all over the country on Sunday. Major Buddhist temples such as Sewu, Muarajambi, Trowulan and Borobudur attracted crowds of thousands, including tourists.
Monks came to the ninth century Borobudur Temple – the largest Buddhist temple in the world – in Magelang, Central Java, at crack of dawn on Sunday to meditate and celebrate the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
Buddhists in Trowulan, East Java, the former site of the 13th century Majapahit kingdom, cleaned Buddha statues – including a giant Sleeping Buddha – and decked out their Mahavihara in bright colorful flowers.
Meanwhile, Buddhists in Semarang, Central Java, invite their Muslim, Christian and Hindu neighbors to join an interfaith Vesak celebration.
In one of the most popular – and Instagrammable – Vesak traditions, Buddhists and visitors at Borobudur Temple released thousands of lanterns into the night sky on Sunday evening.