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Free multicultural festival Perth 2016
To celebrate the birth of the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha, Fo Guang Shan Temple of WA (Ibawa), Buddha's Light International Association of WA (Bliawa) and Nan Tien Institute are organising a free two-day multicultural event at Langley Park, Riverside Drive Perth on Saturday the 16th of April and Sunday the 17th of April.
Prince Siddhartha who became Sakyamuni Buddha was born on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month over 2,550 years ago in Northern India near the present border of Nepal. After witnessing life's sufferings, he decided to renounce his throne and embarked on a journey to seek the ultimate truth. It was only after years of cultivation that he attained supreme enlightenment and became Sakyamuni Buddha.
Program highlights include a dragon dance, fireworks, bathing of the Buddha ritual, Multi-faith blessing ceremony, Multicultural performances, a wishing tree, Chinese calligraphy, lion dance, baby blessing ceremony, tea appreciation and tai chi and meditation.
Children will be entertained with a DIY art and crafts corner, children's rides and henna painting. There is also a vegetarian food fair so you won't go hungry with a range of food from India, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and China.
All religions are welcome as the main theme of the festival is 'Respect & Tolerance, Future & Hope' with the aim to promote peace and harmony amongst people. Various religious representatives will be present as they each offer a prayer for world peace in the multi-faith blessing ceremony as a celebration of multiculturalism in Australia.
Come along for a day of fun while soaking in and learning about a different culture. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Interests and the City of Perth. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit bliawa.wix.com/buddhabirthday