The Chong Yang Festival is a traditional Chinese festival to pay respects to our senior citizens. The “Double Nine Chong Yang Festival: Extending the Caring” event was jointly launched by the four Mississauga sub-chapters and Da Tzu sub-chapters 1 and 3 of Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Toronto. From October 18 to October 21, the members of these six sub-chapters visited 145 BLIA seniors who have rarely been able to meet others due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was held under the guidance of Venerable Miao Tsun, the advising Venerable of the sub-chapters, and was given enormous support from the BLIA Toronto Chapter. The six sub-chapters received the lists of members over the age of 65 and worked together with great teamwork and flexibility to prepare 145 gift bags in total. Each gift bag included: apples to represent safety and auspiciousness; oranges; daily necessities such as soap and toothbrushes; as well as a greeting card. In addition, the gift bags from Da Tzu sub-chapters contained wool caps, face-masks and carnations donated by the sub-chapter members.
On the afternoon of October 18 at Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, representatives from each sub-chapter finished the preparation of the gift bags, attached the cards, and respectfully invited Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, Venerable Miao Mu, Director of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and Venerable Miao Tsun to give blessings before delivering the bags to the senior members’ homes.
Strictly following the government’s pandemic preventive measures, all the sub-chapter representatives were wearing face-masks while visiting the seniors. When the seniors received these surprise gifts, they were amazed and expressed their appreciation to the Venerables and the BLIA sub-chapters for their kindness and compassion. They also gave their best regards to the temple and wished all the Venerables good health and auspiciousness.
Translated by Irene Chai
Proofread by Gregg Astoorian