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Candid Street photography of a Theravada nun,Melbourne city,Australia
It was the first time that alms giving was done during Vesak day in Melbourne city-a very special occasion for all Buddhists.
Taken at Pindabata ( alms giving) in Melbourne city,Australia during Vesak ( Buddha’s day) celebration. On Vesak day, devout Buddhists and followers alike are expected and requested to assemble in their various temples before dawn for the ceremonial, and honorable, hoisting of the Buddhist flag and the singing of hymns in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples). Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings are to remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers would wither away after a short while and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, so too is life subject to decay and destruction. Devotees are enjoined to make a special effort to refrain from killing of any kind. They are encouraged to partake of vegetarian food for the day. Vesak is an annual holiday observed traditionally by practicing Buddhists in many Asian countries like India, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia and Taiwan.
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