The annual Lotus Lantern Festival ushering in Buddha’s birthday is held from May 6 to May 8, 2011.
According to Buddhist belief, the lighting of a lotus- shaped lantern symbolizes a devotion to performing good deeds and lighting up the dark parts of the world that are filled with agony. The lantern- lighting practice was developed thought the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties and has been preserved through public demonstrations such as the lotus lantern service ( A Buddhist memorial service held nationwide) and the lotus lantern parade.
The modern –day Lotus Lantern Festival is designed to bring multiracial and multicultural crowds together an array of festival programs. This year’s event offers visitors the chance to make their own lantern, taste temple dishes, produce rubbings of various Buddhist shapes, and much more.