Day 11: Sinhalese Buddhists in Malaysia

An and his family were building a special sandcastle to celebrate the new year. Each grain of sand in the castle represented a wrongdoing and would be washed away when the tide came in, enabling their family to start the new year well. An worked to make the castle higher! 

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the night of the first full moon in April, Buddhist groups such as the Sinhalese celebrate the Theravada New Year. This marks the beginning of the lunisolar calendar, a system that marks both the phases of the moon and the solar calendar. This calendar was commonly used in many east Asian cultures and several Buddhist celebrations are determined by it. 

The Sinhalese in Malaysia originally migrated from Sri Lanka, an island nation south of India, in 1890. Many of them came to assist the British colonial government with the administration of Malaysia and they brought their own form of Theravada Buddhism with them, funding some large temples which are still active and prosperous. About 30,000 Sinhalese Buddhists live in Malaysia today, and Buddhism is the second largest religion in Malaysia, with about 20% of the population, mostly ethnic Chinese, identifying as Buddhist. 

This excerpt is based on a prayer entry from Global Prayer Digest, now merged with Joshua Project’s Unreached of the Day, https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday 

HOW TO PRAY

Pray that the Sinhalese in Malaysia, as well as in Sri Lanka, come to realize that Jesus Christ Himself is the Light of the World, the true source of spiritual truth for which they hunger. 

Pray for faithful workers who live out and communicate well the message of good news that Jesus has come to light their darkness. 

Pray for every Sinhalese family to come together in gratitude and worship of the One who created the sun, moon, and the stars. 

Sourced from the Buddhist Prayer Guide

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