Buddha’s Birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. According to the Theravada Tripitaka scriptures (from Pali, meaning “three baskets”), Gautama was born in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, around the year 563 BCE, and raised in Kapilavastu.
According to this legend, briefly after the birth of young prince Gautama, an astrologer named Asita visited the young prince’s father—King Śuddhodana—and prophesied that Siddhartha would either become a great king or renounce the material world to become a holy man, depending on whether he saw what life was like outside the palace walls.
Śuddhodana was determined to see his son become a king, so he prevented him from leaving the palace grounds. But at age 29, despite his father’s efforts, Gautama ventured beyond the palace several times. In a series of encounters—known in Buddhist literature as the four sights—he learned of the suffering of ordinary people, encountering an old man, a sick man, a corpse and, finally, an ascetic holy man, apparently content and at peace with the world. These experiences prompted Gautama to abandon royal life and take up a spiritual quest.
Thats the story I found about the celebration and in brisbane this year marks 21st year since this birthday celebration started.
At the event they have different things to do and enjoy. With the budha bath wish where you are to pour water on the budha statue while saying 3 positive sentences that they paste in front of you.
Also they have the budha prayer area to get some flowers or candles and you take it to the budha as an offering while you pray and make a wish.
And also there is the food…yeap…lots of places to indulge in some asian style dishes.
Over all its a great experience to be able to be here and celebrate the birthday of a great budha.
And events are on from April 28th till april 30th.
So after Buddha events we branched out for some more fun…like watching the movie fate of the furious.
Thats just another prop mj wanted to pose with
A little witch on the streets of queens street mall
This woman was so great at scaring you…mj was so scared and gave the best night scream ever
Really a day to remember with enough fun to last us the whole weekend.
Australia EXPLORATION Continues….