KUALA LUMPUR - Buddhists throughout the nation thronged temples to celebrate Wesak Day, a day that marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
The faithful who came to Wisma Buddhist were seen praying, offering flowers and bathing Buddha statues.
A vegetarian lunch was served after a prayer ceremony.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who attended the celebration, said there was a need for a balance between materialism and strengthening faith in today's fast-paced society.
He lauded Buddhist associations for taking the lead in social media to promote Buddhism and good values to followers.
"We should provide the right teachings so that people will understand the importance of positive values in creating a harmonious society," Liow said.
Among those who came was pharmacist Tan Suet Yin, 31, who hoped Malaysians could look beyond each other's differences, just like how the Buddha was accepting of everybody.
"It is my hope that Malaysians will continue living in harmony," said Tan, who has been going to the temple since she was five.
Engineer Surain Nair, 33, said he hoped Malaysians would learn to be more patient and calm like the Buddha.
"Even though I am a Hindu, my family and I go to the temple on Wesak Day every year to get blessings," he said.