Buddha Birth Day Festival 2011

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Once again a thoroughly enjoyable Buddha Birth Day Festival, here’s some interesting information from the official website:

Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 150,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. This year the Buddha Birth Day Festival is proud to be celebrating its 15th anniversary at The Parklands at Southbank.


I think the first one I went to was in 2006. Even though its very similar to last year I would still like to go every year because its a very nice atmosphere. I really dislike organized religion but I do like Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism, I like a lot of the ideas such as the middle way and the stories are interesting too.

I like these iconic Red Lanterns that are all over Southbank during the festival.

At the Suncorp Piazza there’s a big area for various ceremonies. You can bathe the buddha there.
From Bathing Buddha Procedure

This ritual is to improve harmony & inner balance:

  1. Please kneel on cushion
  2. Fill ladle & pour water over small Buddha statue 3 times
  3. While pouring water, say:* 1st wash: “May I eliminate all evil thoughts”
    * 2nd wash: “May I cultivate good deeds”
    * 3rd wash: “May I help save all living beings”

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A film crew was interviewing a couple of people in the Suncorp piazza and 3 or 4 noisy miner birds kept chirping and fighting with each other so this woman decided to chase them off, the funny thing was that they just flew around her straight back to the spot they were fighting. I like this photo, I’m not sure what it is about it. I think her boots and the ribbon in her hair are nice.

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I also recorded a short video called Lion Dance – Buddhas Birthday 2011.

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