Last Tuesday in KL we celebrated Wesak Day or the Buddha’s birthday and it was brilliant to discover how cool this festival was!
It all starts in Brickfields where the largest Buddhist temple and association is, at the MahaVihara. We were there before the procession would begin, at the mellow hours of dusk and most of the chars were lit up glowing softly. This gave us the chance of walking around and observe people traditionally bathing the (baby) Buddha and take a better look at all the associations cars before the…fun began. It was a sweet atmosphere , the chars mixed indian and chinese iconography as much as the crowd was a mixture of the two.
Before we could blink, a turquoise sky left the place to the full moon night, thd crowd grew thick, music started to range from soft chants to drums and folk beatles-like songs and the parade began, first around the blocks outside the MahaVihara and then off to town, to Bukit Bintang and back.
Here some pictures, best to check out RobertScottKelly’s instagram video of Wesak day for more a feel of the night with its sounds and music.Robert Kelly video
Some interesting notes:
People bathing the Buddha durung the procession;
One car, on the side one can see depicted the main Buddha’s life event, not in a dissimilar way to what we found on ancient sites reliefs around main statues;
The emaciated Buddha is still a recurrent image in folk beliefs.
And now, let’s blend in the crowd and colors: