Week-long auspiciousness at Sunway

25 May 2011 - 6:56am No Comments

On this auspicious month when we celebrated Wesak Day, this year’s festivities were celebrated in style at Sunway Pyramid between 13 and 17 May 2011. Joining hands to make the event a success were Kechara Paradise and all of the other Kechara departments, meaning Kechara took up not just one concourse, but two…the main concourse AND a lower ground concourse!

The night before, everyone got together to set up

Themed Celebrating the Joy of Giving, activities throughout the roadshow were focused on the community service aspect of Kechara, and of Buddhism. After all, Buddhism is about kindness, and Wesak Day celebrates the compassionate, giving nature of the Buddha. Thus Kechara and Sunway Pyramid wanted to bring this spirit to the Malaysian public.

There were many activities in the main concourse where Kechara members and our friends from other Buddhist organisations sang and danced. There were colouring competitions, and arts and crafts activities, as well as pets to be adopted with Kechara Animal Sanctuary, and clothing and food to be donated with Kechara Soup Kitchen. At the second concourse, visitors could bathe Shakyamuni and make candle offerings…or their own jewellery with Kechara Saraswati Arts! Tsem Ladrang even set up a television playing videos from His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s blog, that was very successful in attracting people.

After hours of hard work, the group unwound to pizza sponsored by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

Every day was fun and full of excitement as Kecharians made new friends while introducing Rinpoche and Kechara to them. As the main organisers with Sunway Pyramid, Kechara Paradise would like to wish a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a huge success, and a highly memorable one too! For those who missed out, no worries…come join us next year!

The opening speech of the event was given by Y. Bhg. Dato' Dr Victor Wee, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

Margaret Lee performing the ever-popular Vajrayogini dance

Datuk Wee took the opportunity to visit the various booths promoting Buddhist culture and art

A common sight throughout the weekend

Visitors queued to make candle offerings to the Buddhas...

...and queued to bathe the Buddha with water

One of the weekend's highlights, the children's performance

A key feature of the week was interactivity with the audience and visitors

The artistic could try their hand at painting

The fashionable had the opportunity to shop

Not only did Kecharians perform, but other Buddhist organisations got involved too

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