Buddhist mass wedding on 07-07-07

By LIM CHIA YING, The Star, June 19, 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- COUPLES intending to get married can join in a mass wedding at the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields on July 7.

Chief High Priest of Malaysia The Most Venerable K Sri Dhammaratana Maha Nayaka Thera, who initiated the event, said it was the first time in the temple's history that a mass wedding was held.

He said 50 couples would be united on that day to coincide with Malaysia’s 50th Independence this year.

The temple's in-house assistants registrar of marriages Jimmy Chan Paik Yim and Victor James Pandita would be in charged of the wedding registration.

“After the registration, we'll arrange for them to do a wedding procession inside the temple. There'll be 50 monks so each monk will be assigned to bless one couple. This is then followed by the drinking of holy water, a ritual signifying that husband and wife must share whatever secrets they have with each other,” Dhammaratana said.

After that, the 50 couples would be making their way down a wedding parade around the Brickfields area while sitting on horse carriages and trishaws!

Accompanying the entourage would be Malay, Chinese and Indian musicians.

“We'll have the kompang group, lion and dragon dance, traditional Indian drums as well as Bhangra performance,” Dhammaratana said.

He said that by incorporating the above features, he hoped to encourage the Buddhist community to celebrate weddings the modern way.

There will be a mandatory briefing for accepted couples this Sunday at 2pm.

The top three Best Dressed Couples on registration day will walk away with exciting prizes.

Emceeing the event are 8TV news presenter Owen Yap and current Miss Malaysia World 2007 Deborah Priya Henry.

Those interested can obtain and fill in forms available at the Buddhist Maha Vihara.

TT Resources (Tai Thong Group) is the event's main sponsor while Bukit Bin-tang MCA chairman Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng is one of the sponsors.

For enquiries, call Lucas at 012-225 1111 or Serene at 012-299 5879.
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