Lighting up gratitude

Pictures by: 
Gavin Foo
Report by: 
Colin Tham

A colourful 108m-long lantern shaped like a dragon graces the entire length of the Dragon Pond in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.
It is the focal point of the monastery’s Vesak Day celebrations and it represents this year’s unique theme of gratitude to the earth for its care over all living things.
Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death is commemorated by Buddhists on Vesak Day, which falls on May 13 this year. This is the first time the monastery at Bright Hill Road has used lanterns in its Vesak Day celebrations.
Apart from the massive dragon lantern, various other animal-shaped lanterns in the form of fishes, dogs and seahorses dot the monastery’s grounds in Bishan.
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on May 5, 2014.