Buddha’s Day celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who was to become Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May.
Over the years Buddha’s Birthday has become one of the most prominent multicultural celebrations across Australia. The celebration usually includes vegetarian food fairs and Buddhist ceremonies, traditional music shows, as well as dance performances from China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and other cultures. We have listed below some major Buddha’s birthday events across Australia – is there a festival near you?
Date: 8th-9th April, 2017
Venue: Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Come see how Buddhism has touched the lives of people locally and internationally. There will be a variety of activities including baby blessings, mass meditation sessions, multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair, numerous cultural displays, and fireworks.
For more information, please go to http://www.buddhasbirthdayperth.org.au/
Date: 28th-30th April, 2017
Venue: The South Bank Parklands
Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. This year the Buddha Birth Day Festival is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Parklands at Southbank.
For more information, please go to http://www.buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au/home
Date: 6th-7th May, 2017
Venue: Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour, Sydney
Organised by FGS Nan Tien Temple, its various FGS branches in Sydney and the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Sydney, the 2017 Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival is a free two-day event to celebrate multiculturalism.
For more information, please go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/events/buddhas-birthday-multicultural-festival/
Date: 20th-21st May, 2017
Venue: Federation Square, Melbourne
The free annual Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a not-for-profit festival, which promotes inclusiveness, cultural awareness, cultural understanding; and enhances community spirit and social harmony. The festival contributes to the arts, civic culture, interfaith dialogue and cultural dimensions of this great city.
For more information, please go to https://www.buddhaday.org.au/