The Festival

The free annual Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a not-for-profit festival, which promotes inclusiveness, cultural awareness, cultural understanding; and enhances community spirit and social harmony.

In 2021, the Buddha’s birthday & Multicultural Festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary here in Victoria.

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Recognised as a significant event in the Melbourne calendar by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, its primary goals are:
To promote peace and harmony, respect and magnanimity, compassion and cultural awareness
To share the spirit of joy and happiness within the community and families.


The 2-day festival celebrates Buddha’s birthday and the diversity of our multicultural and multi-faith society through;
Traditional Buddhist Ceremonies
Arts, music, cultural performances
Social and spiritual wellbeing lectures
World peace prayers, Blessing ceremonies
Children’s activities and much more.

Fo Guang Shan Melbourne

Fo Guang Shan (literally meaning the Buddha’s Light Mountain) is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world operating over 300 branch temples and several education institutions.

Its goal and aims are to promote Humanistic Buddhism around the world by the four founding principles:

To propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities.

To nurture talents through education.

To benefit societies through charitable programs.

To purify human hearts and minds through Buddhist practices.


Buddha’s Light International Association of Victoria, initially formed on November 1992 dedicated to the propagation of the Dharma, cultural exchange, education and charity work.

The BLIA ROC gradually gained recognition overseas. Subsequently, “Buddha’s Light International Association” was officially inaugurated in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1992 during which a new chapter in Buddhist history emerged.

For details on how to the festival, please head to our Getting to the Festival page.


14th–16th of May 2021 | Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC 3000

This free 2-day family-friendly festival celebrates Buddha’s birthday and the diversity of our multicultural and multi-faith society through an array of traditional Buddhist ceremonies, art, music and cultural performances, children’s activities, the Lumbini Garden Sanctuary, Mindfulness Forest, Bathing the Buddha, Lotus Flower Sanctuary, and so much more!

This year join us for our inaugural Light It Up Blessing Ceremony at 6:15pm on Friday 14 May, at which all of our Festival installations will be switched on simultaneously together with a spectacular digital animation of the Life Of Buddha displayed across Fed Square’s façade and flooding the main Square.

Messages of Support

Video Messages of Support

Head Abbess Venerable Man Ko, Australian and New Zealand Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples


The Buddha's Day & Multicultural Festival will take place at Federation Square, located at Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere of one of the most beautiful festival in Melbourne, and the city which has so much to offer.


Federation Square Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the heart and soul of Melbourne.

Address: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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