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United Nations Day of Vesak 2014

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A free multi-cultural celebration

Sponsored by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the Victorian Buddhist Community is observing the United Nations Day of Vesak with a free multi-cultural celebration on Saturday 24th May 2014 at Melbourne Town Hall, from 1:30pm.

The United Nations Day of Vesak, marks the start of a month when Buddhist communities globally come together to celebrate Vesak, the birth, passing and enlightenment of the Buddha.

Buddhism spans cultural groups such as Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Loation, Thai, Mongolian, Tibetan, Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Indian and Sri Lankan, to name but a few.

The 2014 Vesak Observance will be presented with a balance of commemoration and celebration. There will be three main events held on the day:

A lunch offering to the Sangha (Buddhist Monastics), reflecting the traditional Vesak celebrations in many Buddhist communities. This will take place at the Parish Hall of St. Peters Church Eastern Hill (15 Gisborne Street East Melbourne VIC 3002) from 10am.

A Vesak Procession will start from the Parliament Gardens (489-531 Albert Street - corner of Nicholson & Albert Streets) at 1pm.

The Melbourne Town Hall celebrations will commence at 1:30pm and will include:

A temple offerings ceremony
Original musical stage performances
Multicultural performances
Buddhist chanting and blessings from various traditions
Meditation instruction
Dhamma talk and many more other activities.

All are welcome to come along and participate; you can find out details of the event programme here.

For more information on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 celebrations, please visit
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When: Saturday 24th of May 2014 at 1:30 pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free Event
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