Hanamatsuri celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Shakyamuni Buddha, in Lumbini Garden. This holiday is commonly known as Hanamatsuri, or Flower Festival. It is also called Kan-bustu-e, or Bathe the Buddha gathering, because at this observance, a statue of the baby Buddha stands in a flower-covered shrine in a shallow bowl filled with sweet tea. Participants at this service come up to the shrine and, using a small ladle, pour some of the sweet tea on top of the small statue.

When: April 8 at 10:30 am
Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple

Everyone is welcome to attend and for more information please contact our office (312.943.7801 or office@mbtchicago.org).

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