Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Buddha’s Day?

Buddha’s Day celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who was to become Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The official name of the Buddha’s Day is known as “Vesak Day”.

2. Is this a free event?

Yes. The Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a free community event. The event is supported by City of Melbourne, Victoria Multicultural Commission and Federation Square.

3. What time does the Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival start?

In 2017, the Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival starts at 10:00am and finishes at 7:00pm on Saturday 20 May 2017 and runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday 21 May 2017.

4. Where can I find the information of the festival on the day?

There are two Festival Information Booths, one located at the entrance of The Square near the Swanston Street entrance and the Swanston St entrance of the River Terrace. You can find the festival map and festival program at the information booth.

5. Can I bring children to the festival?

The Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a family-friendly event. Children will enjoy many activities such as children games, Arts and Crafts and Bodhi Tree. There are also vegetarian food fair along the River Terrace of Federation Square.

6. Do I have to be Buddhist to join the event?

No. The Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival is hosted for Buddhists as well as non-Buddhists. The festival includes many activities such as children games, multicultural performances, arts and crafts, food fair, meditation sessions and educational workshops designed for visitors.