Vesak is considered to be the most important Buddhist holiday. The celebration honors Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. Many believe that the three seperate events happened on the same day of the year throughout Buddha’s life. The holiday is known by many different names around the world.
Generally, Buddhists celebrate the day by visiting temples, making offerings, and reflecting on Buddha’s teachings. Each region has its own additional traditions for observing the holiday. While some Buddhists, like those in Myanmar, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, celebrated Vesak in early May, Buddhist Thais, Singaporeans, and Indonesians will celebrate during the first weekend of June (2-4).
Let’s pray for Buddhist peoples:
- Ask God to open their spiritual eyes to the truth. Pray they would discover the God of the Bible as Creator and Lord of all humanity. Pray they understand that Jesus is the only one who defeated death (1 Corinthians 15:3-9) and the only one through whom we can defeat death
(1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
- Pray for gospel messengers to speak boldly and present Jesus as the only one who can forgive sin.
- Pray for church planters to understand the socio-cultural dynamics surrounding Buddhist society so they find ways to start and establish new communities of faith (churches).
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