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Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2021

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Experience the vibrance and mystery of Buddhist culture
One of the great world religions, Buddhism is particularly well-known today due to its emphasis on non-violence, compassion, ethical living and meditation. However, its roots date back to Lumbini, in central Nepal, where a young prince called Siddhartha Gautama (later known as Gautama Buddha), took birth over two and a half thousand years ago. Renouncing his royal status and the opulence of palace life, Siddhartha left home at a young age, seeking liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Upon attaining nirvana, or enlightenment, he travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent, as a mendicant, philosopher and spiritual guide.

Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2021
Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2021

These days, the anniversary of Gautama Buddha's birth, or Vesak, is celebrated in temples, monasteries and homes all over the world. Here in Perth, the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of Western Australia, in cooperation with Buddha's Light International Association of Western Australia and Nan Tien Institute, have been holding a colourful and dynamic festival for many years. Taking place on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, this year's festival promises to be not only a vibrant celebration of the life and precepts of Lord Buddha but also a showcase of Perth's diverse multicultural community.

At the heart of the 2021, Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival will be the traditional elements of this special day. These include a beautiful ceremony during which the deity of Lord Buddha will be bathed, presentations about Buddha's life, alms processions, Dharma talks by Buddhist monks, mass meditation sessions, and blessing ceremonies.

As an exciting family-friendly festival, there will also be plenty of other events to fascinate and inform visitors of all ages. Two firm favourites with festival-goers each year are the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dances. There will also be children's arts and crafts, multicultural performances, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, tea meditations, light offering ceremony, multi-faith prayers for peace, environmental presentations, and mass Tai Chi and meditation sessions. Last but not least, a major attraction during the festival will be a fabulous vegetarian food fair, where visitors can tempt their taste-buds with sumptuous cruelty-free cuisine from around the world.

In a nutshell, the upcoming Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival is going to be an awesome celebration for visitors, young and old. Whether you're a student, retiree, spiritual seeker, young family, or devout Buddhist devotee, there is going to be so much to see and do. Best of all, most of the events and activities are free of charge, making the festival an extremely affordable outing.

Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2021 will be taking place at the Supreme Court Gardens on Riverside Drive, on both Saturday, April 17th (11am – 8.30pm) and Sunday, April 18th (9am – 5pm). For more information, please visit this website.

Follow these links to Eventbrite if you'd like to attend the Baby Blessing and Shower Ceremony ($25.00), Tea Ceremony ($10.00), or Mass Tai Chi and Meditation session (free of charge).
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Why? Learn about the rich cultural traditions of Buddhism in the heart of Perth City.
When: Saturday April 17th 2021 and Sunday April 18th 2021
Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Drive, Perth
Cost: Most events, activities and entertainment are free. However, a charge is required for a few.
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