Print Edition - 2015-05-05 | News
Buddha Jayanti marked with peace prayer
May 4, 2015-
According to Bhikkhu Kondanaya, executive member of the All Nepal Bhikkhu Association, all formal programmes scheduled to be organised at Buddhist shrines and temples across the country, including Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha, to mark Buddha Jayanti have been cancelled until further notice to mourn the victims of the deadliest earthquake to hit the country in decades.
“Informal programmes such as peace prayer, lightening of candles and peace rally were organised in some areas of Kathmandu and other parts of the country to mark the birth anniversary of Buddha,” said Bhikkhu Kondanaya. “We did not feel that it will be right to celebrate the day when the whole country is mourning the death of thousands of people,” he added.
In the previous years, thousands of people would gather in Lumbini and other gumbas in the nation to observe this day by offering prayers and chanting hymns. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day in the Nepali month of Baishakh Sukla Purnima when he was born, attained enlightenment and died.
According to the latest census, Nepal is home to around 2.5 million Buddhists.
Published: 05-05-2015 09:00