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Decorate Your Homes for Vesak 2005

Bhikkhu Wimalananda

Vesak is the most important event of the year for all Buddhists around the world. For Vesak people build lanterns, hang lines of lights and lamps in and around their homes. Sadly the situation in Australia is quite contrary to this and at most Vesak decorations are only visible in temples during this important time.

During the Christmas season Buddhist children take part in decorating their homes according to Christian traditions, but they do not decorate their homes during Vesak. Given this situation our children will never get a true understanding of the meaning behind Vesak. If parents took part and encouraged their children to get involved in decorating their homes as they do during Christmas, the children would begin to understand the value of Vesak, and this would also pave a way for them to better understand Buddhist principles.

The coming New Year brings a great opportunity for the Buddhist community in Australia, and we ask that all Buddhists decorate their homes for Vesak with lights, lamps and Vesak lanterns, especially with decorating lights becoming half-priced straight after Christmas. This will allow everyone, including non-Buddhists, to participate and enjoy Vesak celebrations. Happy Vesak -2005!


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