Yesterday, we went to Mall of Asia to observe Vesak Day, or what is traditionally known as Buddha's birthday.
My mother is a Buddhist while we basically just go along with her. We agree, however, with the teachings of Buddha because they basically echo the teachings that we receive from our Catholic school.
After the opening ceremonies and prayers, we bathed the statue of Buddha. Bamboo dippers were provided and we were instructed to pour water on the shoulders and the back of the statue, vowing to speak good words, do good deeds and have a good heart. The significance of Vesak Day is aptly explained here.
There were representatives of the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines), from the Muslim community, from the Hindus, and some other religions. The Ambassador from Sri Lanka also attended. It is heartwarming to know that there is effort in bridging the gap between faiths and making the effort for mutual understanding. For we all know that basically we all want the same things -- that good triumph.
In case you're interested in praying, making a small wish and bathing the Buddha for purification, or simply just want to see a Buddhist festival, do drop by the Mall of Asia today.
Photo: “Bathing Buddhas - Federation Square” by Alpha, c/o Flickr. Some Rights Reserved