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FLOWER FESTIVAL: Buddha's Birthday 2008

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On April 6th 2008, the Buddhist Faith Fellowship celebrated the Flower Festival, known as Hana-matsuri in Japan. On this date, we celebrated the story and significance of the historical Buddha’s birth over 2,600 years ago. This religious event included washing of the baby Buddha ceremony. Congregants brought flower(s) as an offering. There was an after party lunch at a nearby home.

 

Discussion topic was titled: Born for a Purpose, Living Our Purpose. The baby Siddhartha Gautama fulfilled his destiny by "waking up" at the age of 35; thus becoming the Buddha. How may his life story give direction and meaning in our 21st century American lives?

 

Also, this was the 7th year anniversary of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship.

 

The Suggested Flower Festival Practice:

 

1) Attend a Flower Festival Gathering

2) Have a vegetarian dinner with loved ones, family or friends.

3) Offer a prayer of love & peace to the world

 

Hana Matsuri 2008
The Baby Buddha surrounded by flower offerings

Flower Festival 2008
Buddhist Congregants offer flowers to baby buddha

Hana Matsuri in the USA
Congregants of all ages attended

Bathing the baby Buddha
Bathing the baby Buddha with sweet tea

The offering of flowers
bowing deeply and offering the flowers

Flower Festival attendees
Attendees came from all parts of Connecticut