Buddha's Day & Multicultural Festival 2021
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.
Culture & Community
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 (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.
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.
In response to a pandemic that has caused widespread disruption and loss in our communities and globally, our inaugural Light It Up Ceremony will launch the 2021 Buddha's Day & Multicultural Festival by celebrating light overpowering darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over dispair. A dramatic lion dance will herald in a spectacular animated light display that will spread across the façade of Federation Square and drench the Main Square with an animated story of the Life of Buddha against a kaleidoscopic background of floral and artistic elements. Nearby, our inaugural Lotus Flower Sanctuary, comprising twenty sky-high lotus flowers, will also be illuminated, together with every other installation across the Festival precinct, including the Mindfulness Forest, the Lumbini Garden, the Happy Buddha and our Bodhi Forest.
Messages of Support
The festival is an excellent example of how Victoria’s multicultural community comes together to share and embrace all cultures and faiths.
I commend all involved on your efforts to strengthen intercultural and interfaith dialogue, and for reaffirming the shared values that make us a stronger, safer and more harmonious community.
Buddhism has a strong history in Australia, and the contribution of Buddhist thought to our culture and society is greatly valued. In a time of increasing global uncertainty and unrest, the Buddha’s teachings of equality, respect and understanding have growing relevance to all who wish to build a more caring and peaceful world.
Video Messages of Support
Head Abbess Venerable Man Ko, Australian and New Zealand Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temples
The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia
Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne
Caroline Ralphsmith, CEO Fed Square
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
We are always happy to help you with any questions or recommendations.
PHONE: FGS MELBOURNE 03 9314 5147
ER YOU TEMPLE 03 9890 3996