Date: 29 May 2018
Wesak Day is observed by devotees to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday enlightenment and achievement of Nirvana. From very early in the morning devotees flock to temples to meditate as well as participate in candle-lit processions. As a sign of benevolence, doves are set free and other charitable acts are also performed by devotees such as providing free meals. Monks usually gather to chant sacred sutras all day long.
The pinnacle of the celebration is in the evening where there is a procession of floats with colourful flowers and bright lights accompanied by children singing and monks chanting prayers while sprinkling holy water throughout the journey.
In Penang, the annual Wesak Day procession has been organized since 1949 until today and is being run entirely by devotee volunteers and funded through donations. The grand procession for this year will start in the evening at 6.00pm from the Malaysian Buddhist Association, 182, Burmah Road (opposite the Chinese Recreation Club) and end at the same venue.
More info can be obtained from http://www.malaysianbuddhistassociation.org/