Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival on at Elizabeth Quay

Dancers from last year’s Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival.
Dancers from last year’s Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival.

TEA meditation will be the latest addition to the Maylands-based Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple’s annual Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival held at Elizabeth Quay this weekend.

The smoke and alcohol-free festival celebrates the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and the diversity of Australia.

There will be activities including the bathing of the Buddha, baby shower ceremony, tai chi, multi-faith blessing ceremony, vegetarian food, lion and dragon dance and fireworks.

Buddha’s Light International Association of WA (BLIAWA) and the Nan Tien Institute in New South Wales also helped organise the festival, which is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the cities of Perth and Bayswater.

Tea meditation provides an opportunity to learn to live in the present moment and experience the joy in life through the aroma, taste and appreciation of delicate tea.

This year, the festival aims to spread the message of ‘Respect and Tolerance, Consensus and Openness’ and promote a harmonious co-existence among people.

BLIAWA spokeswoman Grace Collins said they hoped to attract 40,000 people like last year, if not more this year.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival

Where: Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade, Perth

When: Saturday, April 14, from 11am to 8.30pm. Sunday, April 15, from 9am to 5pm.

Fore more information, visit www.buddhasbirthdayperth.org.au.

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