12 Nov 2013

Asian Report for 12 November 2013 - Buddhist festival

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:34 pm on 12 November 2013

Three decades later Wellington's Cambodian community are vibrant, thriving and celebrating a 15-day Theravada Buddhist festival commemorating loved ones who have passed on. Lynda attends several days of the festival, first at the heart of their community, the Wat Buddha Chaya Mahanath Monastery in Island Bay and then at Rongatai College Hall in Kilbirnie. She finds out why this festival, filled with delicious home cooked food, is fundamental to the on-going happiness and spiritual well-being of the living and the departed.