• Short Summary

    SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES WHICH ARE PREDOMINENTLY BUDDHIST HAVE JUST ENDED THE BUDDHIST LENT WITH CELEBRATIONS AND PRAYERS.

  • Description

    SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES WHICH ARE PREDOMINENTLY BUDDHIST HAVE JUST ENDED THE BUDDHIST LENT WITH CELEBRATIONS AND PRAYERS. AMONG THE SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES, BURMA, THAILAND, LAOS AND CAMBODIA HAVE BUDDHISM AS OFFICIAL OR SEMI-OFFICIAL RELIGIONS AND SOUTH VIETNAM, MALAYA AND SINGAPORE HAVE LARGE BUDDHIST POPULATIONS.

    IN RANGOON, A LAND OF BUDDHIST FESTIVALS, THE END OF THE LENT WAS MARKED BY HUGE CELEBRATIONS AT THE FAMOUS SHWEDAGON PAGODA WHERE NEARLY 15,000 PEOPLE GATHERED FOR PRAYERS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT HISTORY NEARLY 10,000 WORKERS BELONGING TO VARIOUS UNIONS CAME IN A GROUP TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN THEIR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.

    THE BURMESE LENT WHICH MARK THE YEARLY VISIT OF LORD BUDDHA TOT HE WORLD WAS CELEBRATED IN OTHER WAYS IN ANOTHER SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRY, LAOS.

    IN VIENTIANE, PRIESTS LED THE FAITHFUL IN A LARGE PROCESSION. FOR THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE LENT WHICH BEGINS WITH THE FULL MOON IN JULY AND LASTS FOR A MONTH, THE MONKS CONFINE THEMSELVES TO THEIR WATS (TEMPLES). THEY DO NOT GO OUT FOR FEAR OF TREADING ON AND KILLING INSECTS AND OTHERS THRIVING DURING THE RAINY SEASON. BUDDHISM CONDEMNS KILLING OF ANY LIVING THING, HOWEVER, SMALL. AT THE END OF THE LENT, THE PRIESTS LEAVE THEIR WATS AND GO ON A PROCESSION FOR PRAYERS AT PROMINENT WATS.

    THE END OF LENT IS ALSO MARKED IN LAOS WITH FESTIVITY LIKE BOAT RACES. AT THIS YEAR'S RACE, MOST OF THE CABINET MINISTERS OF THE LEFT, RIGHT AND NEUTRAL SIDES WERE PRESENT TOGETHER. PROMINENT AMONG THEM WAS RIGHT-WING GEN. PHOUMI NOSAVAN AND HIS WIFE. THESE FESTIVITIES ARE ALSO IN HONOUR OF THE "NAGA" GOD SEEKING HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4936DDUMSDG0FRP9FKMRAEE8V
    Media URN:
    VLVA4936DDUMSDG0FRP9FKMRAEE8V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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