Buddhist monks, followed by devotees, participate in a pradakshina ritual during Vesak celebration at the Borobudur Temple in Central Java, on May 26, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Vesak Celebrated Amid Rare Super Blood Moon Occurrence
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
MAY 27, 2021
Yogyakarta. Borobudur and Sewu Temples in Central Java has hosted Vesak celebrations on Wednesday that coincide with the super blood moon, a rare astronomic phenomenon that occurs when the eclipse came together with its passing the closest point to earth.
Dozens of Buddhist monks and hundreds of devotees participated in a pradakshina, walking around in a 'circle' ritual as a form of worship. They marked the celebration with the ringing of a bell and sprinkling of holy water around the temples.
At the end of the ritual, a Guru heartens every devotee to escalate their enlightenment stage by preserving the good deeds and teachings of Buddha Gautama.
As the ritual goes, a so-called super blood moon was visible over Central Java in the early hours of Wednesday afternoon. The full moon rises over the Plaosan temple, one of the 9th century Buddhist temples, during a total lunar eclipse in the Klaten regency.
The total lunar eclipse coinciding with Vesak Day happens once in 190 years, while the super blood moon phenomenon only repeats in hundreds of years.