Complementing the spectacular installation, Voyage, two Buddhist groups from Leeds share their practices on the canalside.
Wat Buddharam will invite you to join them in Krathong making for the Thai Buddhist Loy Krathong festival, which marks the end of Buddhist lent and is a beautiful celebration of light involving displays on lakes and rivers. On Light Night you can participate in the festivities by making and launching your own illuminated flower boat, helping to create an evolving and eye-catching spectacle across the water.
Thai Dance performances at 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm and 9:45pm
Jamyang Buddhist Centre will also be illuminating the canal side with an exquisite Light Offering, which you can watch while enjoying some peaceful contemplation in amongst the bustle of the city.
Light Offering Chanting at 7:15pm, 8:15pm and 9.15:pm
In addition to the activities on the canal side, the Royal Armouries will be displaying a rare Nineteenth-Century Burmese manuscript from the British Library’s collection, depicting a Buddhist procession at the Thadingyut (October) festival. Especially for Light Night it will be available for public viewing until 10pm in the Oriental gallery, via the museum’s dockside entrance.
Reflections on the Water and Voyage are staged in conjunction with the British Library’s Buddhism exhibition which is on display in London from 25 October 2019 to 23 February 2020.
Presented by the British Library.