Hundreds of Buddhists from temples representing
countries all over the world, including Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea,
Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, the United States, and Vietnam will be
gathering to celebrate their holiest day of the year, Vesak.
During the celebration, a large gathering of monks, nuns and lay
people from the larger Washington community will make offerings of flowers
and incense, and chant traditional prayers in their native languages and
in English. There will also be lectures, workshops, and guided meditations
given by Buddhist teachers from around the Washington, DC metro area.
Coinciding with the Vesak celebration will be a
cultural show featuring traditional music and dance from many of the
Both will be held at Blair High School on Saturday,
May 25th. The
religious ceremony will be held from 8:30am to 11:30am.
The cultural show and lectures will continue from 1:00pm until the
closing ceremony at 3:30pm. All
are events are free of charge.
Reporters and photographers are welcome.