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: