• Short Summary

    BUDDHISTS THE WORLD OVER CELEBRATED VESAK DAY LAST WEEK. VESAK IS THE GREATEST BUDDHIST FESTIVAL?

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    BUDDHISTS THE WORLD OVER CELEBRATED VESAK DAY LAST WEEK. VESAK IS THE GREATEST BUDDHIST FESTIVAL AND IS KNOWN AS THE THRICE-BLESSED DAY.

    HISTORY RECORDS THAT IT WAS ON THE FULL MOON DAYS IN THE MONTH OF VESAK THAT THE BIRTH, ENLIGHTENMENT AND DEATH OF BUDDHA EACH OCCURRED.

    IN THE PREDOMINANTLY BUDDHIST ISLAND OF CEYLON, THE FESTIVAL WAS CELEBRATED WITH GRANDEUR IN COLOMBO, THE CAPITAL.

    THE DAYLONG CELEBRATIONS BEGAN WITH A VISIT TO THE KELANIJA TEMPLE, WHERE LORD BUDDHA WAS SAID TO HAVE VISITED WHEN HE WAS IN CEYLON TO PREACH. WORSHIPPERS OFFERED FLOWERS TO ADORN THE PLACE WHERE BUDDHA STOOD TO PREACH.

    AT NIGHT CELEBRATIONS AT THE TEMPLE CONTINUED. THE WHOLE AREA WAS BRILLIANTLY ADORNED WITH LANTERNS AND FLASHING ILLUMINATIONS.

    THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS ALSO VISITED THE OFFICES OF A NEWSPAPER IN COLOMBO WHERE A SOLID GOLD STATUE OF A RECLINING BUDDHA - FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OLD - WAS HOUSED. IT HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO THE CAPITAL ESPECIALLY FOR THE KESAK CELEBRATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA94J0BK8LNXISZOSRDJASMO1HQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA94J0BK8LNXISZOSRDJASMO1HQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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