Buddha’s Day

Buddha’s Day celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who was to become Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In Melbourne the two-day celebration is coupled with a multicultural festival which makes for a fun day out. This was my third year attending in Melbourne, and I haven’t been disappointed once. There are a number of events going on, from music, to dancing, to meditation sessions, to lectures, to cooking demonstrations and most importantly lots of yummy vego food!

I started the day with a big bowl of laksa, and watched a cooking demonstration by Louie Green of Tofu Shop International. Next I wandered into a lecture by the Venerable Jue Yoa of Fo Guang Shan Melbourne titled ‘An Introduction to Buddhism’ which was quite interesting. I then picked up a curry puff and sat down for a second cooking demonstration by Baht Clark of Bendingo Thai.

His second dish, which was lychee crispy wantons with vermicelli noodle salad stack was pretty impressive and looked delicious – by the time I made it up to the front to try a bit it was gone… There was a bit of a break before the next cooking demonstration, so I grabbed a cup of honey citron tea – which was delicious and warm and made my way to the main stage for the ‘Harmony Under One Sky’ multicultural performances.

I got to see the Melbourne Chinese Gu Zheng Band, Middle East Dance by the Navaratna Arts, and traditional Indonesian dance by Indonesia Cahaya. These girls were only 9-10, but they were amazing!

I can’t wait to go back tomorrow and see what else is going on!

Love, Lee


~ by loveleeeee on May 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “Buddha’s Day”

  1. Sorry – I’m still new to this and working on getting everything running properly – but keep checking

  2. Great blog!
    Image 3 is of Indian classical dance.

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