A colourful procession of floats in conjunction with the Wesak Day celebrations by the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur was held on Tuesday 17th May 2011.
The procession with 27 floats took about three hours to travel on a 12km journey that began from the temple at Jalan Berhala and headed towards several major streets in the city including Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Pudu before it headed back to the temple.
Wesak Day celebrates Buddha's birthday, his reaching of enlightenment and attaining nirvana. It is held annually on the 15th day of the fourth month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
“Everything changes, nothing remains without change” - Gautama Buddha
|A beautiful lantern-bedecked float making its way along|
Jalan Bukit Bintang.
|A float resembling a ship.|
|A procession of devotees carrying Happy Wesak Day banner.|
|The float from the Myanmar Temple, SS2 PJ.|
|Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon|
(centre in batik shirt) launched the procession in front of Wisma
Dharma Cakra at the Buddhist Maha Vihara temple complex.
|Leading the procession: (From left) Venerable Ming Ji, Tan Sri |
Koh Tsu Koon and Venerable Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana.
|The procession of devotees at Jalan Tun Sambanthan in KL's|
|The street at Jalan Bukit Bintang was packed with tourists.|
|The Buddhist Maha Vihara float led the procession of floats.|
|A dragon float showing off a variety of colours and interesting|
|A lion dance performance adds lots of merriment at the intersection|
of Jalan Bukit Bintang/Jalan Sultan Ismail, in front of McDonald's.
|The Verapitiya Dance Group from Kiribadgoda, Sri Lanka|
performed a cultural dance in front of McDonald's at Jalan
Bukit Bintang, KL.
|The Chez Yuen Lin Buddhist Association from Kepong Baru, KL|
taking part in the procession.
|A beautifully decorated float bears status of Hindu gods,|
including Lord Ganesh, the elephant God.
|A float marks gift of light.|
|Brightly-lit float under the night sky.|
|The float carrying the golden statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess|
|Devotees participate in the ceremonial bathing of the baby Buddha. |
It was believed that the child Buddha was showered in the waters
of the nine dragons shortly after being born.
|These four characters from classical Chinese novel "Journey to|
the West", get attention. (From left) Zhu Bajie (pigsy), monk
Xuanzang, Sha Wujing (sandy) and Sun Wukong (stone monkey)
|A float of Thousand-hand Guan Yin.|