If you are in Fed Square this week and want a bit more enlightenment than Carlton vs. Collingwood, stop by at Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival. I pose the question again to festival namers, why so long of a name? Was it necessary to put multicultural festival in there? I suppose they could have made it the Melbourne International Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival but I digress.
I accidentally attended this last year and it was quite a humbling festival. I was given leaflets with information on the Buddha and the crisis with the Chinese earthquake as well as a candle to participate in the light offering ceremony. According to their website:
“The offering of light extinguishes darkness, it symbolically represents the way in which wisdom dispels ignorance. “
But of course, what would a Melbourne festival be without it’s food. Throughout the weekend, chefs will be preparing their best vegetarian dishes to demonstrate that vegetarian food can be tasty. Happy Birthday buddy!
Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival
May 16 & 17, Federation Square