Celebrate Buddha's birthday in Hong Kong - AsiaRooms.com
April 09, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com divulges people who have booked hotels in Hong Kong towards the end of May will find that the city's Buddhist monks are out in force to celebrate the birthday of Buddha.
On May 21st, all of the Buddhist temples and shrines around Hong Kong will become bustling hives of activity as statues of the deity are bathed and vegetarian feasts are prepared.
People visit the monasteries to offer the monks food, while a Dharma speech is often performed.
In the evening, Buddha's teachings and mediations are chanted at the many temples around the city.
According to What's On When, visitors to Hong Kong who want to see some of the festivities should head to the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, the Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery in Sha Tin or the Miu Fat Monastery in Tuen Mun.
The Po Lin Monastery is particularly popular among worshippers because it is home to the largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.
One of the most important rituals to take place on the day is the bathing ceremony, when statues of Buddha are washed by the monks.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board points out visitors are often invited to participate in this ceremony and are also offered some of the vegetarian food prepared in honour of the event.