Vesak Celebration at Borobudur is one of the religious festival in Indonesia. Just like every year, more than 1000 lanterns were lit and released into the night sky while they're sending a wish.
This year the ceremony coincide with once-a-year cosmic event of the perigee moon,also known as the Supermoon, where the moon is the closest to Earth.
Buddhist people celebrate Vesak Day to honour the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. The theme of this year's Vesak celebration is to increase loving kindness (Metta) and compassion (Karuna). That night not only for Buddhist, but they who attend also feel the atmosphere of peaceful and togetherness
Vesak Day is celebrated on various dates in the spring throughout the world, and each Buddhist culture has its own traditions for the day
Vesak commemorates the three most important events in the life of Siddharta Gautama, known as the Tri Suci Waisak. The processions began with the taking of 10,000 bottles of holy water from the Jumprit spring in Tegalrejo subdistrict, Ngadirejo district, Temanggung regency, Central Java. The water itself symbolizes human humility. The water will be kept in the small Mendut Temple near Borobudur
The following day was to take the flame from the source of the eternal flame of Mrapen in Purwodadi, Central Java. The flame symbolized light that would bring enlightenment to human beings.
Today, during the full moon in May , Buddhists in Indonesia observe Vesak annual ritual by walking from Mendut Temple passing through Pawon temple and ends at Borobudur temple. Both the holy water and the flame will be brought to Borobudur Temple for the Vesak celebration.
Originally, Candi Mendut was part of one huge Borobudur temple-complex. Located in one straight line about three kilometres east from Borobudur. It is a Buddhist temple, built in 824 A.D. by King Indera of Cailendra dynasty.