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!