Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Buddha Birth Day Festival


The Buddha Birth Day Festival is a celebration of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha, who was born over 2,500 years ago in India as Prince Siddartha. This annual Brisbane event is held each year in the Southbank Parklands and the organisers claim it to be the largest event of this type in the world. Judging by the crowds I wouldn’t disagree with the claim. The aim of the festival is to promote peace and harmony in our society and multi-faith interaction amongst people from diverse backgrounds. This fun (and free!) 3 day event included multicultural performances, displays, various activities, and a large international food fair.











The festival also included lots of lanterns. When I uploaded my photos I discovered the majority of them were of the lanterns. I'm not quite sure what that was about. It seems I have an obsession with lanterns!

30 comments:

Margaret Gosden said...

Because they are so photogenic and such a change from balloons! I love them, too!

James said...

Wonderful shots of an interesting event. I seem to get obsessed with certain things too when I take pictures. I do like the lantern photos best though.

Dianne said...

I like the lanterns shots best as well

I know that I'm drawn to lines and angles when I photograph objects

I think being drawn to the lanterns means you're always looking up :)
and you appreciate color and shape

Rosebud Collection said...

I am always enjoy seeing Buddha. All the statues they have with him,
are wonderful. I have a little Buddha for travel, one of my girls got it for me.
A little peace and harmony sure is needed in this world..What a great festival..wish I was there.

bobbie said...

A wonderful sort of festival! Thanks for taking us with you.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

The laterns are very cool! I love the ones in color against the blus sky...very pretty. The festival looks like loads of fun:D

Tizzalicious said...

I love the lantern pictures, so it's completely okay that you took so many of them!

art ache said...

That looks like such a fun festival! Love all the lanterns and can understand yur obsession with them. I like Chinese New Year for the same reason! Hope Buddha enjoyed the birthday celebrations as much as you did Harriet. Fun post!

Sarah said...

This sounds like a great festival! Your photos are lovely-especially the lanterns! I love that combination of red lanterns with the blue and white of the sky-so fresh!

Linda said...

Wonderful photos -- especially that last one!

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M.Kate said...

You know T, I do remember your Buddha post from last year and time does fly way too fast doesn't it. We have Wesak Day, or Buddha's Birthday. Good news is it's a public holiday and the not so good news is, it's a Saturday and it's a non working day for me...Don't you just love the colors? Have a good week..ah well, weekend's very near and I am jumping for joy soon. Enjoy the week and don't spend too much time collaging..I know I'd go bonkers if I had to link more than 2. BTW, white coffee is a special type of coffee, not albino beans...just that they way they make it seems white and taste very good. Sort of a local cappucino..I think. I buy you a cuppa when you are here/hug.................M

Catherine said...

yes but the lantern shots are really great!!

Rinkly Rimes said...

The monochrome balloons and the Baby Buddha for me!

Chrisy said...

Just looking through his photos it felt that I was in asis...the colors and the people...and the lamps yes they're wonderful...you'll have to go on a buying trip and bring some back...they're quite inexpensive over there...

donat said...

great set of buddha photos harriet. i've just closed my old flickr account to start a new one and i've lost all my contacts. can you send me a link to your flickr. i remember it was a different name to your blog and i can't find a link to your flickr anywhere here?

cabin + cub said...

The lantern photos are so lovely! Sounds like a great event!

Arasay Ontaguemay said...

How cool! I love your photos of the lanterns. :)

Chris said...

I love the one with the paper lanterns with the blue sky overhead!

Sam said...

How lovely! The photo of the tree lined walk and the lanterns is especially nice!

Sweets 'N Greets said...

Fabulous photos! That must have been a great festival to attend...so much color!! I love lanterns :-)

XUE said...

I love lanterns too & we have lanterns hanging in our reading area & my studio!

Greyscale Territory said...

Great idea for a festival! Wish we had one here in Melbourne! Perhaps each capital of Australia would be an even better idea!

Love those lanterns! I would probably take heaps of photos off them too!

twinklestarart said...

I can see why you took a fancy to the lanterns, they are beautiful. I love your last photo in black and white.

sarayutouched said...

i love all the wonderful colors...and yet the last picture in black and white is my favorite.

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Love the pics of the lanterns!

Paula Scott said...

So much wonderful art and culture in your town! I almost want to move there just to have it in my day to day life!

Gina said...

Looks like a great day (or 3) out!! Love the colour..and of course the lanterns..and your last shot of silhouettes..very beautiful! Gx

Sarah McBride said...

My niece who lives in Korea went to the Buddah Birthday festival there . She has lots of pictures of lanterns as well. I think there is something about them. You cant help yourself!

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