Bathing of Prince Siddhartha 光明山浴佛
A few days ago, my elderly Mom had surgery to drain fluid from her brain. She had a fall and probably bumped her head, causing brain swelling due to bleeding. She lost her speech and mobility. Thanks to prayers and good wishes from relatives, friends and even strangers, my 76 year-old mother is recovering well. Yippee!
On Vesak Day, she was able to finish a bowl of porridge for lunch. After feeding my Mom, my hubby and I drove to Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery for the Vesak Day celebrations and to give thanks.
My hubby used to participate annually in the 3 Step 1 Bow ceremony. This year he had to miss it as he was together with me taking care of my Mom.
A devotee told me that there was an incredible turnout at the 3 Step 1 Bow ceremony which was in session throughout the night. Abbot had reminded all participants to bear the thought of gratitude throughout the ceremony. Having gratitude is the basis of all spiritual practice and aspirations. Cool.
These auspicious lanterns were sponsored by well wishers.
The dining hall was busy and packed with crowds. The volunteers prepared a free flow of food and drinks for the faithful throughout Vesak eve until Vesak day.
The Dragon Pond was prettily decorated with large artificial lotus flowers. I don't know what special texture was used for these pretty 'blooms'. They are waterproof and will magically transform into twinkling fairy lights in the night. Many visitors enjoyed this lovely view and were seen snapping pictures of them.
I was queuing to throw coins in the wishing fountain when I saw a boy with several Singapore 1-cent coins. We hardly see them any more. I have a few hundreds of these coins at home. They are useless as nobody would accept them. The production of 1-cent coins has been discontinued some years back due to inflation.
Recently the price of copper has risen to new highs. I thought my 1-cent coins were made of copper and would fetch me a tidy profit. Unfortunately, they are made from copper-plated zinc. -_-