THIS year’s Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival will promote respect and tolerance through activities and vegetarian food stalls.
The festival returns to Supreme Court Gardens from April 13 to 14, after being held at Elizabeth Quay, Fo Guang Shan Temple in Maylands and Langley Park in previous years.
It is organised by the temple and Buddha’s Light International Association of WA.
Activities include multicultural performances, dragon and lion dances, an Alms round procession, light offering ceremony, baby blessing, fireworks, vegetarian food fair stalls, calligraphy sessions, art and craft for children and tea meditation.
There will also be cultural displays including the Buddha’s Birthday Education Project, the life story of Sakyamuni Buddha and Nan Tien Institute.
Chief event planner Kiat Nee Kho expected more than 30,000 people to attend.
Association president Kim Yen Chen said the new addition to the festival was an all-day tea meditation.
“There will be interaction between the tea masters and audience,” he said.
“The theme of our event is respect and tolerance, faith and legacy.
“We have multicultural dances, multicultural food and it is open to everyone.”
What: Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival
Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
When: April 13, 11am-8.30pm and April 14, 9am-5pm