Vissakh bochea at Wat Khemarangsaram
On Saturday 2 May 2015 the peoples in Sydney gathered to celebrate the annual Visak Bochea ceremony at Wat Khemarangsaram Bonnyrigg, commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment after 49 days of meditation under a Bodhi tree in northern India. The festival was a time to pay gratitude to Buddha, who had enlightened followers around the world though his wisdom and teachings of Dharma.
The Khmer people celebrate in order to have a memory of Buddha, the birthday of Buddha, his enlightenment and his death. These three important dates happen in the same day and month but deterrent year. The ceremony always fails on the 15th of the waxing moon (May) not only in Cambodia, but also other Buddhism countries in different parts of the world. Visak Bochea is one of many religious ceremonies in Cambodia as well as other Buddhism countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, etc. It marks the birthday, the enlightenment and the death of Buddha. It most significant time for all the Buddhists in for them to calm down their felling by listening to the monk’s sermon. In this was, their mood is refreshed and their tension is relived.