2019 / Los Angeles’ Buddhists to observe celebration of Buddha’s birth, Apr. 7

“Hanamatsuri” – the Commemorative Service of Buddha’s Birth – Gathering of Traditional Japanese Buddhist Temples

Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation, consists of 8 local temples (Higashi Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Hongwanji, Senshin, and Zenshuji), annually observes the special service called “Hanamatsuri” to celebrate the Buddha’s birth.

According to several legends, Buddhist followers celebrate the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, by pouring sweet tea upon the top of the baby-Buddha statuette, ornamented by colorful flowers, and the special service featuring this ritual is called “Hanamatsuri,” which means the flower festival in Japanese.

This year’s Hanamatsuri, titled “Buddhism and Rhythm,” will take place on Sunday, April 7 from 1:30 p.m. at Nishi Honganji Buddhist Temple (815 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and this event will feature the performance by Kinnara Taiko and Arpana Dance Company.

A Dharma message will be delivered by Rev. Masao Kodani, Buddhist Church of America Minister Emeritus.

For more information contact: Rev. Ryuta Furumoto/Hanamatsuri Committee
Tel: (323) 731-4617