Waisak Celebration at Borobudur Temple
The Waisak celebration at Borobudur temple this year will be more festive than the Vesak celebrations with the previous year. Waisak celebration at Borobudur temple, a ceremony to release thousands of lanterns in the courtyard of Borobudur Temple will be released into the air at night as part of the Vesak celebration at Borobudur Temple which will fall on May 20-22, 2018, becoming a moment that will be released most awaited by foreign and domestic tourists. Because this moment only takes place once a year at Borobudur Temple.
Waisak celebration at Borobudur temple, as the center of Vesak celebrations in Indonesia and followed by all Buddhists throughout Indonesia and become the largest ceremonial celebrations with important ceremonial processions in the form of Tri Suci Vesak or three sacred moments of the Buddha ( Sidharta Gautama), namely the first about the birth of the Buddha, the second about the perfection of the Buddha under the Bodhi tree at the age of 35 years, and the third about the death of the Buddha under the Sala tree at the age of 80 years.
The series of Waisak celebration at Borobudur temple this year was on Friday taking holy water at a spring in Jumprit in Parakan, Temanggung Regency and taking Dharma fire from an eternal fire source at Mrapen in the Regency Grobogan, Central Java. The water and fire will be part of the Vesak sacred procession in the Mendut temple.
On the Saturday Pindapatta ritual, a ritual of feeding the monks by Buddhists and by the people around the Borobudur and Mendut Temples. As a symbol of virtue of Buddhists. Pindapatta holy ceremony, the procession from Mendut Temple to Borobudur Temple for the implementation of Dharmasanti at Mendut Temple after that walk to Borobudur Temple. The event plan will also be attended by President Joko Widodo, but he was unable to attend and will be attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
It was time for the much-awaited event of the surrounding community and tourists was the release of 10,000 lanterns in the courtyard of the Borobudur temple which is one of the largest Buddhist sacred temples in the world. The lantern release ceremony will be held at 22:00 WIB. This event will be very lively and sacred. The event will continue with a procession of Pradaksina ceremony and samadhi ceremony at night until dawn or sunrise.
Samadhi ceremony at the peak of the full moon and after that the beating of the gong at Vesak seconds, the event will end with the blessing by the Mahathera Bikkhus and Bikshu Mahasthavira, then closed with Namaskara
To see the Waisak celebration at Borobudur temple for tourists or Non-Buddhists, you should be able to capture the moment on Saturday Night at the time of releasing lanterns into the air conducted around 22:00 WIB. You should be able to depart before 21:00 WIB from Yogyakarta or from Hotels in the city of Yogyakarta. You can use a car rental service in Jogja or rent a car in Yogyakarta with a driver to Borobudur Temple to see the lantern party at Vesak Festival at Borobudur Temple this year.