Buddhists to hold “Hanamatsuri” celebration in commemoration of Buddha’s birthday, April 8, 1 pm
This yearâ€™s celebration will be held in the Garden Room of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) located on 244 South San Pedro Street in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles.
The theme of this yearâ€™s celebration is â€śBuddhism and Children.â€ť It will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a ceremony service in which the 15 Buddhist priests associated with the 6 Buddhist temples in the Little Tokyo area will participate.
This service will also feature a womenâ€™s chanting group as well as songs sung by children.
Following this ceremony, a special message will be delivered by Rev. Chozen Bays, M.D. entitled â€śProviding the Best Future for Our Children.â€ť
Rev. Bays is a well-known pediatrician who specializes in mindful eating, among other things. Following her talk, there will be an award ceremony for the childrenâ€™s art and photo contest.
The program will conclude with a special performance by the Grateful Crane Ensemble, a popular theater group.
They will perform â€śProject Momotaroâ€ť, a set of three classic Japanese childrenâ€™s stories which is fun and nostalgic for the entire family.
The entire celebration is open to the public and free of charge. Please join us for this meaningful event honoring the birth of the Buddha and the connection between the Buddhist teaching and children.