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FLOWER FESTIVAL 2007

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The Flower Festival, or Hana Matsuri in Japanese, commemorates the birth of the historical Buddha over 2, 600 years ago in what is now Nepal. In the 2007 calendar, the Flower Festival fell on the Christian holiday of Easter. Though many of our members felt the need attend Christian services to appease family members, the Buddhist holiday still brought in a good crowd to celebrate the appearance of the Light of the world, Siddhartha Gautama. This holiday also celebrates the anniverary date of our Shin Buddhist community that was established in 2001, which is since evolved into an international and innovative religious organization.
 
The gathering included chanting, offerings of flowers to the baby Buddha, the ritual of washing the baby Buddha by each of the participantes and a discussion on the signifcance of the appearance of the Buddha and why after all of these centuries he still has a major impact on so many people throughout the world.

Flower Festival 2007 in Connecticut
Flower Festival 2007 in Connecticut

Flower Festival 2007 at Wesleyan University
Offering Flowers to the Baby Buddha

the Baby Buddha and Altar
The Baby Buddha and Altar