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Wesak Day Parade At Bukit Bintang

3 weeks ago, it was Wesak Day, or Vesak Day known to some people. I don’t really know which is the correct spelling but I still prefer calling it the Wesak Day. It’s a Buddhism religious festival, that is the birth of Lord Buddha. On that day, I went to Fo Guang Shan Dong Zeng Temple to pray in the morning and bath the Buddha, and at night, I went to Bukit Bintang to check out the flower floats parade.

I actually thought of going to the temple only and didn’t know what there’s a float parade too in the Kuala Lumpur city until I read about a newspaper article about the event at Bukit Bintang. The floats parade procession started off at Brickfield with a route or approximately 12km and will passed by Bukit Bintang area at night. Since I did join the parade before in Penang, so I went to check out the one at Bukit Bintang.

I thought that I would be in Penang that time but due to finals exam and assignment submission, I had to stay in KL.

It was about 8.30pm and I still saw no sign of the float of people on the street. I thought I got it wrong, I thought they have passed already while I was shopping in one of the shopping mall around the area. Then I look around, I saw policemen in the middle of the road with cones. I waited for a while and I saw they start closing the road and then I knew that the float parade hadn’t passed that area. =D

I waited quite long as the after the road closure, I and my friend Arvin waited until like 9.30pm only there’s sign of it. Though we got first class view of everything. =D

Finally at around 9.30pm, the parade is here. With Buddhist devotee leading the way, follows by floats and devotees of different Buddhist association followed behind. I got excited and started to take photograph and pray.

It’s pretty surprised to see so many people as the amount of people was for sure many many more than the one in Penang, with even more floats.

I believed the people have walked a long way to here and it was a pretty warm night as you can see perspiration on people’s face and some have towel hang over their neck. It’s also kinda cute to see that they brought their pet dog along too.

Floats promoting a green Earth.

It was funny before the float came as there’s not many people waiting for it, I think we are the few who waited for since 8.30pm and when around 9pm that the road were closed, busybody started came by to check out what’s happening and the funny part was some busybody asked us that was it some film shooting scene. Haha. Come on, it’s Wesak Day.

There’s many cute cute floats with little kids dress in Chinese goddess on it. Monks sprinkling the so-call Holy Water to the masses and voice of prayers can be heard. It’s really a holy and happenings night where everyone of different race and religion and join in.

Nice sleeping buddha.

Distributing free mineral water to the public.

Cute little monks.

Thousands and thousands of people gathered around Bukit Bintang just to see the floats. It’s really a sea of people with police and medic team standby.

There’s even lion dance too!

Arvin Tang.

The whole parade took about 1 hour plus and there’s really many many floats which all were so awesome. A good night out with my classmate Arvin to check out the Wesak Day. Arvin who is from Medan, Indonesia never came across with event like this before and it’s his first time. He said it was quite fun and special and he liked it. Cheers!

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Nick is an interior designer and tech enthusiast based in Penang, Malaysia who constantly exploring places, indulges great food, discovering good design and is a shutterbug. Nick usually writes about Penang, happenings, travel, food, design and personal thoughts.

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