Six cultures to showcase Harmonious New Year Celebrations at Maylands temple

L-R: Venerable Miao Bo, Cr Dan Bull (Mayor, City of Bayswater) and Kim Yen Chen (President, Buddhaâ¿¿s Light International Association of WA), seen here at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple.  Buddhaâ¿¿s Light International Association of WA are holding Harmonious New Year Celebrations promoting different cultures learning about each other and sharing stories and traditions starting from March 17. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d491346
L-R: Venerable Miao Bo, Cr Dan Bull (Mayor, City of Bayswater) and Kim Yen Chen (President, Buddhaâ¿¿s Light International Association of WA), seen here at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple. Buddhaâ¿¿s Light International Association of WA are holding Harmonious New Year Celebrations promoting different cultures learning about each other and sharing stories and traditions starting from March 17. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d491346

NEW year celebrations from six cultures will be showcased at Maylands’ Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of WA this month.

The temple and Buddha’s Light International Association of WA are holding the Harmonious New Year Celebrations event on March 17, as part of Harmony Week.

It is funded through the City of Bayswater’s Better Bayswater grant program.

Representatives from Chinese, Bhutanese, Italian, Swedish, Thai and Philippines cultures will be creating displays that highlight how they celebrate the new year.

There will also be a lion dance performance, cultural parade, sharing of celebrations, photo booth and complimentary vegetarian lunch.

The Chinese New Year display. Picture: David Baylis.

Association president Kim Yen Chen said he expected about 400 people to attend the event.

Mr Chen said the main message was to have harmony between cultures and all of the people in Bayswater, wider Perth and the world.

Venerable Miao Bo, who was born in Malaysia, said it was an opportunity to learn how to respect other cultures.

“We know that they are celebrating the new year but we won’t know some of the meanings behind it,” the venerable said.

“We have got a lot of things there like the lion dance, but they might (just) think ‘this is a performance’ and we want to deliver the story behind it.”

Mayor Dan Bull said the first round of 2019 Better Bayswater grants were now open and would close on March 31.

For information about the grant program, visit the City’s website.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Harmonious New Year Celebrations

Where: Fo Guang Shan Temple, 280 Guildford Road, Maylands

When: March 17, from 11am to 2pm

For information, call the Buddhist Light International Association of WA on 9371 0048