Infinite Lights Lumbini 2015 : Opening Ceremony
On Feb 18, 2015 evening, the opening ceremony commenced with participation from and support from the Chinese Temple, and many other Sanghas from the various monasteries in the Lumbini Developement Trust area, and is also attended by specially invited guest, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche.
The very first butter lamps were lighted using the fire from the holy flame.
There were 56 tables decorated with butter lamps along side Prince Aveue and lighting up the night brightly, the largest scale ever first time in Lumbini.
The ceremony continued at a site close by the sacred garden where it was attending by many from all over the world.
With the prayer flags flying in the air, the opening ceremony was then graced by Sanghas from differen countries blessing the event by reciting mantra in their local languages.
Ani Choying Dolma also graced the event with her performance, singing many of her well-known songs.
The Abbot of Chinese Temple, along with special guest, Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche then pass on the flame from the holy fire by lighting up the butter lamps of the Sanghas.
When everyone’s butter lamps were all lighted, the whole continengent moved into the sacred garden.
As the finale of the opening cermony, everyone holding the lamps, entered the sacred garden and lined up beside the sacred pond to dedicate the merits of the event to all sentient beings to bless them with good healthy and prosperity and at the same time pray for world peace.
The 10 million lamps will be lighted throughout the one month from Feb 19, 2015 in Lumbini.