Largest annual Buddha Birth Day Festival in the world
Buddha Statue (May Cross)
I first became interested in Buddhism when I lived in Kathmandu in Nepal for several years. After all, Nepal was the birthplace of Lord Buddha. He was born at a place called Lumbini (which means "the lovely" In Sanskrit) near the Himalayan foothills. About 10% of Nepali people are Buddhist, predominantly the Newar people in the Kathmandu valley. Buddhism, historically founded in the late 6th century B.C.E. by Siddhartha Gautama (the "Buddha"), is an important religion in most of the countries of Asia. Some countries which have large Buddhist populations include the Kingdom of Bhutan, Tibet and Cambodia.
Come along and celebrate Buddha's birthday with a three day festival. Since 1997, the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland's most prestigious cultural events and is now recognised as the largest annual Buddha Birth Day Festival in the world. In. The. WORLD (as Jeremy Clarkson would say).
Buddha Statue (May Cross)
The Festival is on from Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May, hosted by Chung Tian Temple, and is being held at South Bank Parklands, in Brisbane. You are invited to immerse yourself in a rich and memorable Buddhist cultural experience. You and your family and friends will be able to stroll down the Path of Wisdom from the Southbank Piazza to the Cultural Forecourt and marvel at the Peace and Happiness lanterns that hang from the Arbour (near the Piazza) as you meander through the festival villages. Don't forget to check out the Lumbini garden.
Highlights of the Festival include:
spiritual customs, enlightening activities,
tasty vegetarian food,
a spectacular firework show,
and much, much more.
You can also visit the Nepal Peace Pagoda which is one of South Bank's most treasured attractions. Originally brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepal's contribution to World Expo 88, the three-storey high pagoda is now located in the heart of the Parklands.
Nepal Peace Pagoda (May Cross)
The organisers hope is that you return home with newfound feelings of peace and happiness which will remain with you throughout the rest of your journey. Everyone is very welcome to attend.
In celebration of Buddha's Birth Day Festival, Executive Chef Richard Ousby has created a special dish for the Buddha's Birth Day festivities with the delicate, pan-fried dumplings available at Stokehouse Q every day over the long weekend from Friday, 3 May to Monday, 6 May for $19. R1 Sidon Street, South Bank QLD 410, stokehouseq.com.au