Multicultural Vesak lighting festival to brighten Mirrabooka

L-R Sarah Long (with pipa, a Chinese instrument), Judith Tan (singer), Australia) and Boon Tan (guitarist), all from the Buddhist Council of Western Australia. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d482426
L-R Sarah Long (with pipa, a Chinese instrument), Judith Tan (singer), Australia) and Boon Tan (guitarist), all from the Buddhist Council of Western Australia. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d482426

A CHINESE band as well as Sri Lankan and Thai dancers will be headlining an ending performance for the Vesak lighting festival in Mirrabooka.

The Nollamara-based Buddhist Society of WA and The Square Mirrabooka will be holding the cultural performance at the centre’s colourful light display on May 12.

The festival celebrates the three major events in the life of the Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and passing away – on the full moon of May.

The Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist Society, Thai Cultural Community of WA, Buddhist Council of WA band and Muay Thai Promotion boxers form the set list on the day.

Ketsara Sutton Mattocks, Pen Limpus and Chintana Metcalf all from the Thai Cultural Community of WA. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

Guitarist and Buddhist Society of WA treasurer Boon Tan said the festival, supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests, promoted Buddhist lighting, meditation and mental health.

“It is also bringing people aware about the Vesak celebration,” he said.

“We do it every year but it is the first time at The Square.

“We want to see as many people as possible.”

The Square Mirrabooka marketing manager Zaran Oliver said people could enter a photo competition at the light display, upload it onto Facebook or Instagram using #thesquarevesak to win two $250 gift cards.

The event will run from noon to 1.50pm.

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