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Taipei, Taiwan — Buddhists, politicians and diplomats gathered in front of the Presidential Office yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day and the 2,633rd birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha.


Thousands gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard on what was the third time the annual event had been held outside the Presidential Office.

Buddha’s birthday, Mother’s Day celebrated – The China Post

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/05/09/301642/Buddhas-birthday.htm

 


Tens of thousands of believers gathered to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, also officially known as Veska Day, along with Mother’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, yesterday.


Guests from around the globe and mothers from all over Taiwan congregated and “bathed the Buddha” in hopes of bringing peace and prosperity to Taiwan ….

 

 

2010

Ma observes Buddha’s birthday – Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2010/05/10/2003472640

 


……After President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) gave a speech, he led participants in making the “Three Acts of Goodness” pledge. They pledged to do good things, say good words and think good thoughts in a bid to foster greater social harmony.


Ma said to practice the “three acts of goodness” was not enough. It would bring more “confidence, joy, hope and convenience” to the world if there was concord in all families, respect for each other, order in society and peace in the world.


“If we reach such a state, we will be in Sukhavati, or Pure Land,” he said. “I hope the annual event will help us get closer to the Pure Land one step at a time. I believe you are as confident as I am that we will eventually reach the destination.”


As it was also Mother’s Day, Ma encouraged children to visit their mother, give her a hug and tell her that they love her and need her.

Marking the Bathing Buddha Festival, Ma also led participants in performing the “bathing Buddha” ritual where he held a wooden ladle and poured water over a small statue of the Buddha.


Bathing a statue of the Buddha symbolizes a fresh start in life and the care given to newborn babies. Many other countries celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on May 2.


Legend has it that when the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha, was born, there were auspicious signs heralding his birth. They describe the sky as blue and clear on his birth, with dragons spurting purified water to bathe him. Since then, Buddhists have celebrated his birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of Buddha……(HE HAS A HARVARD DOCTORATE IN LAW)


 

 

YouTube – Buddha’s Birthday 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DZIeA9fw_Y

May 8, 2011

Buddhas Birthday 2011 at Tzu Chi Temple (Jing Si) Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Please go to

http://knowbuddhism.info/2011/05/buddhas-birthday-2011.html

 

 

YouTube – 2006年龍津宮 (2006 Taipei Taiwan Buddha Birthday Festival Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QlqLW_rwa8


Notice the tall costumed people were on walking stilts (wooden sticks).


Those with flags on their backs, were “generals.” (The flags indicate rank – like the “stars” as in “four star generals”)

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