Maylands temple decked out for Chinese New Year celebrations


Venerable Juedi, Grace Collins and Venerable Miao Xi at the Fo Guang Shan temple.         d464277
Venerable Juedi, Grace Collins and Venerable Miao Xi at the Fo Guang Shan temple.         d464277

A MAYLANDS temple hopes to bring good luck and health to the broader community during this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.

Fo Guang Shan Temple will hold several events starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve on January 27 to February 11, the 15th day of the New Year.

Celebrations include a Dharma service, lion dance, live performances, morning chanting, an English meditation session and a Chinese New Year dinner.

Buddha’s Light International Association of WA (BLIAWA) member Grace Collins said the temple expected a turnout of more than 500 people during the celebrations.

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“Every family, if they have family members who will be out working elsewhere, they will all come together for Chinese New Year Reunion dinner,” she said.

“Traditionally, you visit friends and bring oranges and you give little young ones red packets, called hong bao for good luck.”

Ms Collins said Chinese New Year was more than asking for good luck and prosperity.

“From an average person’s point of view, Chinese New Year is a celebration involving food and festivities, but to us it is a little bit more than that,” she said.

“We need to have a healthy body and mind, which is more important than material wealth.

“It is a Chinese occasion and event but we welcome people of all backgrounds to come and join us at the temple.”