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Buddha's Birthday Multicultural Festival

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This festival will be on from Saturday 11th May to Sunday 12th May 2019. The annual festival to celebrate Buddha's Birthday returns to Darling Harbour, this year celebrating 28 years. It will be on at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The celebration includes an International Vegetarian Food Fair which will bring you foods from:

Hong Kong
And more nations

Visitors can also hear musical performances and see dancing from China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and other cultures.

There will be a tea meditation and Tai Chi exercise in the morning and then the Dharma and mindfulness seminars in the afternoon. Bathing of Buddha is one of must do things for this Festival.

As well as all this, the festival also introduces guests to other religious and cultural activities such as:

Bathing of the Buddha and Purification of Our Minds Ceremony
Blessing Ceremony for world peace
Tea meditation and Tai Chi
Buddhism books
Arts and gifts
Art and craft workshops for adults and children
One stroke calligraphy exhibition

This 2-day festival aims to provide a variety of activities throughout the day for visitors of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds. This will be done through different types of rituals, culture and arts, multicultural food and entertainment.

The ceremony is meant to purify people's minds and to bless the world with peace. Visitors are also encouraged to pop by this Blessing Ceremony for world peace and this will encourage everyone to unite as one. In addition mothers, babies and children can come along as there will be Mother's Day Celebration and Baby Blessing ceremonies.

The Mother and Baby Blessing will take place on 12th May from 2.00 pm.

Don't forget there will be some traditional and modern music as well as some vibrant dance performances from China, South America, Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Australia and other cultures.

Live Green and Eat Green Drawing Competition
Fo Guang Three Acts of Goodness Young Artist Award. This is co-organised by Nan Tian Chinese School of Sydney and BLIA Sydney East 1 subchapter. This is the third competition since 2017. This drawing competition encourages children to express their view of the world and to draw their daily experiences through art. It also aims to promote the three Acts of Goodness. These are:

To do good deeds
Speak good words
Think good thoughts

2019 Fo Guang Three Acts of Goodness Young Artist Award is Eat Green & Live Green Children's Drawing Competition. Through this theme, it is hoped that the children will be encouraged to be considerate, grateful and kind to all living beings.

Children can, through their drawings present some simple yet effective ways they think could help to conserve energy, protect the environment and make our earth a better place to live in.

This competition will be organized by Nan Tian Chinese School of Sydney, BLIA Sydney East 1 subchapter. It is open to students from 5 to 12 years of age.

The awards ceremony will be held on 12th May at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour.

You can find out more and register at this site.

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Why? For a multicultural festival over two days
When: 11th and 12th May 2019
Where: Darling Harbour
Cost: FREE entry
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