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Today, May 29, 2021, Is the 68th Anniversary Of Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary Conquering ‘Mount Everest’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE & read here. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_British_Mount_Everest_expedition
Photo from my 1954 ‘John Hunt’ ‘Everest’ book which I have had most of my life.

From John Hunt’s book (above).

Kind of funny. I wrote about this ascent & the lack of a picture of Edmund Hillary at the summit just 10-days ago.

I always remember that it was in 1953 since that was the year I was born. But, I was born in September. So, this happened just before I was born.

The key here is that we all now appreciate that this was the 1st CONFIRMED ascent. That is good. We might still get proof that George Mallory, in 1924, beat them to it.

It is also good that more & more places, like Wikipedia, have started listing Sherpa Tenzing Norgay AHEAD of New Zealander, Edmund Hillary. As Hillary himself, albeit quite late in his life, has confirmed Tenzing was LEADING when they reached the summit. Plus, we only have a picture of Tenzing at the summit.

Sri Lanka Buddhists Now Divided On Whether To Celebrate 2018 Vesak In May Or April!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia with my annotations.

Click to access original post from ‘onlanka.com’.

I had grown up always believing (and assuming) that Vesak was always the May full moon. Though I have not celebrated it in over 50-years I still think of the May full moon as Vesak. That is why I did my customary, annual Vesal ‘card’ yesterday. Since I know that different, mainly non-Theravadan, countries celebrate vesak on dates different to Sri Lanka I typically put the Sri Lankan date on my ‘card’ to avoid confusion. So, yesterday, I put May 29, 2018.

When I posted my ‘card’ on Facebook two Sri Lankans pointed out that this year Sri Lanka celebrated vesak on April 29, 2018, though some plan to also do so on May 29. Initially I was shocked and upset because I hate to see long held traditions disrupted. I also found the above post which confirmed my initial view.

But, after some research I came to realize that there is some logic to the April 29, 2018 decision — made, of course, by Sri Lanka’s charlatan, often discredited astrologers.

It all has to do with trying to map lunar cycles into the Roman solar calendar — given that vesak is entirely a full moon related event. It eventually comes down to when the full moons fall relative to a given year. April 29th was a LATE full moon for April. That was the problem.

If there are two full moons in May Sri Lanka, traditionally, celebrated vesak on the FIRST of these. A full moon on April 29 was an analogous situation.

So ….

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by Anura Guruge

‘Happy Vesak 2018’ (2562 BE) — Tuesday, May 29, In Sri Lanka — Earlier In Other Countries.

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First Known Ascent Of Mount Everest, By Hillary & Tenzing, Occurred This Day 64-Years Ago; May 29, 1953.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest

I am, and have been for decades, a Mount Everest buff.

I have quite a collection of historic books on Everest and have read all of them and many more.

I have savored this 1953 ascent. That was the year I was born. So, some significance.

I know enough of the lore to appreciate that we still have a BIG question mark as to whether George Mallory and/or Andrew Irvine managed to make it to the top in 1924 — before perishing on the mountain.

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Today MIGHT Be Everest Conqueror Tenzing Norgay’s Birthday — BUT He Chose It To Be May 29, 1914.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Pay particular attention to highlighted paragraph at the end. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay.

As a Mount Everest NUT since I was a teenager, Tenzing Norgay has been one of my abiding heroes. I think he was quite the man — exemplary.

After considerable pondering and looking at the facts I also believe that he probably reached the peak ahead of Edmund Hillary — though that is now essentially a moot point.

I will have to remember to commemorate his birthday on May 29. So, we think he was born 103 years ago.

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by Anura Guruge