1.5.12 - Selangor state level Wesak celebration

We brought our boys to the Selangor state level Wesak celebration, which was held at Auditorium, Dewan Jubli Perak, SUK Shah Alam. 
All attendees were provided with packed vegetarian dinner  before the event, thanks to the sponsors. 
After that, those who had taken their meals went to queue up at the entrance to the auditorium.  It was really packed as the doors weren't opened for the next 50 minutes. I wondered why they didn't let people in, until the last minute. It was uncomfortable and stuffy for the people who were waiting there. A large portion of the attendees were senior citizens, and they were standing or sitting on the floor, waiting for the doors to open. 
Fortunately, I brought sketch books for my boys and they started drawing there oblivious to the crowd standing around them. 
To our relief, finally we were allowed in. We received a goodie bag with some buns, a bottle of water, a Wesak flag and the event booklet. 

The audience were given a battery operated lotus candle, which could change colours. We were directed which way to hold it and practiced a few times for the "opening" ceremony. 

Colourful colour-changing lotuses
The event was officiated by Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim, the Chief Minister of Selangor. After that, it was followed by speeches and presentation.  

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