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HANA-MATSURI 2009

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On Sunday, April 5, 2009, our congregation celebrated Hana-matsuri, also known as Flower Festival. This Buddhist holiday commemorates the birth of the historical Buddha 2,600 years ago.

 

Prince Siddhartha who was then known as Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhist religion, was born in Lumbini Park, Kapilavatsu in what is now Nepal on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month calendar according the Chinese calendar.

 

According to legend, at his birth nine dragons sprayed water to bathe the baby Buddha and seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked - pointing one hand to the sky and ground, he said “in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms.”

 

Participants offer flowers and then bathe the Baby Buddha with sweet tea in order to reenact the legendary story.

 

On this date, our congregation also celebrates the founding of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship in the year 2001.

 

 
 

The Baby Buddha
The image of the Baby Buddha

Flower Offering during Hanamatsuri
Flowering offering ceremony

Reverence to the Baby Buddha
Reverence to the Baby Buddha

Bathing the Baby Buddha during Hanamatsuri
Bathing the baby Buddha with sweet tea

Offering prayers and practicing mindfulness
Offering prayers to the world during Hanamatsuri