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‘Unity in diversity’ highlighted at Vesak Day celebration in Sumatra

Jon Afrizal

The Jakarta Post

Jambi, Sumatra  /  Tue, May 29, 2018  /  01:33 pm
‘Unity in diversity’ highlighted at Vesak Day celebration in Sumatra

Ten monks from Thailand and 10 others from Bhutan are attending the event, in addition to up to 60 Indonesian monks. (Shutterstock/SSPhotoman)

All temples in Jambi have offered support for Vesak Day celebration in Sumatra on Tuesday, according to the committee head of the event, Rudy Zhang.

Centered in the Muarajambi Temple complex in Muarajambi regency on Tuesday, this is the first celebration of such magnitude held by Buddhists in Sumatra.

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“Twenty temples and 10 mazhab [creed] in Jambi support this event,” Rudy told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “On this occasion we would like to highlight the issue of diversity that is united by kebhinekaan [unity in diversity].”

Ten monks from Thailand and 10 others from Bhutan are attending the event, in addition to up to 60 Indonesian monks. Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Saifuddin is scheduled to attend as well. (kes)