Buddhist Fellowship Celebrates E-Vesak Day In Light Of Covid-19
Vesak Day falls on Thursday (7 May) this year. But sadly, it seems we’ll miss out on the annual Buddhist festival, no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To keep spirits up, the Buddhist Fellowship has decided to take celebrations online and commemorate e-Vesak Day instead.
According to 8world News, the organisation believes that the spiritual pillar remains crucial in this uncertain situation.Source
Hence, Buddhist Fellowship will be broadcasting lectures, guided meditations and speeches via Facebook Live from 9am-8.15pm on 7 May.
Activities planned over 3 time periods
As part of the festivities, programmes have been planned for the entire day in 3 blocks: Morning, afternoon, and evening session.
This includes a livestream with keynote speaker Ajahn Brahmali, an influential Buddhist teacher from Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Australia.
Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran will also be giving his Vesak greetings online during the Facebook Live broadcast.
Those interested can take a look at the timetable below.Source
Participants can join the broadcast at Buddhist Fellowship’s Facebook page.
Staying spiritual in this tough period
With many activities such as school and work brought online, it’s no surprise that public holiday programmes have also followed suit.
But this is a great thing, as it shows life can still go on despite the pandemic. With e-Vesak Day, citizens can still access spiritual guidance during this testing time. Though we’ll miss the beehoon, that’s for sure.
MS News would like to wish all observers of the holiday a happy Vesak Day.
Featured image adapted from Women’s Weekly.