Festival Highlights

Throughout the two-day event, come see how Buddhism has touched the lives of people locally and internationally. We have a number of activities to keep you entertained for the whole day including baby blessings, mass meditation sessions, multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair, numerous cultural displays, and fireworks!

Official Ceremony

We welcome you to witness a colourful and magnificent ceremony in celebration of Sakyamuni Buddha’s day of birth over 2,500 years ago in northern India. To be held on Saturday at 6pm, it will be a time for prayers, offering, contemplation, acknowledgements and giving. Guests include dignatories from local and state government, multi-faith religious representatives, community and business…

Bathing of the Buddha

Bathing of the Buddha Since ancient times, Buddhists all over the world celebrate Buddha’s birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of the infant Buddha. There is great significance in the act as the fragrant water is poured over the statue of the infant Buddha three times. It symbolizes the cleansing of our…

Baby Blessing Ceremony

A newborn is a gift of hope and a promise to ourselves and to the world at large, a continuation of the power of life expressed in the new little face you hold before you. Babies enter the world surrounded by the hopes, dreams, joys and most importantly, the love of their parents and family.…

Mass Meditation & Taichi

Participants from all over Perth will have the chance to take part in meditation guided by our Venerables from the Fo Guang Shan Monastery and experience a moment of blissful mindfulness. Previous Meditation and Tai Chi sessions were very successful, with over 250 participants joining us for the event and we hope that this year’s…

Alms Round

Receiving alms has traditionally been one of the daily rituals a monastic had to undertake to gain food for survival. Its benefits are two-fold: to aid in daily cultivation for the monastic and to provide opportunities for Buddhist practitioners to accumulate merits. Going on alms round is a form of cultivation and demonstrates the interdependence…

Be Kind Be Vego

Be Kind Be Vego is an initiative of the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA), Sydney, also supported by BLIA Melbourne and Fo Guang Shan. We believe a meat free diet is a great way to practise compassion – being kind to our health, to the animals and to the planet. We are committed to promoting…

What's On

We have a number of activities to keep you entertained for the whole day from morning to night so it is never too early or too late to come and visit us! All day activities include: multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair stalls, calligraphy sessions, tea appreciation, arts and craft for the kids! There will also be numerous cultural displays such as Buddha's Birthday Education Project (BBEP), Buddha's life story, Nan Tien Institute (NTI), wishing tree, Guanyin pond, and much much more!


Enjoy the free festivities outdoors at the live performing stage where we showcase local talent from various performing groups and schools, featuring music, song and dance from different cultures.  It’s an opportunity for us to promote multiculturalism and embrace our diversity as we live in harmony with each other.  Come and share in the rich…

Cultural Activities

Our cultural activities showcase a wide range of methods of cultivation such as one-stroke calligraphy, Chinese calligraphy, and tea appreciation. Chinese Calligraphy The art of Chinese calligraphy dates back to early history and uses Chinese characters as its vehicle of expression. Specialised calligraphy masters demonstrate their skills while those interested in trying their hand are…


Studies have demonstrated the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution.   Whether or not you are a vegetarian, you will enjoy the array of vegetarian food from different countries, freshly cooked with love and care. From appetisers,…

Activities for Kids

The festival is also a family-friendly event with an arts and craft section and rides just for the kids to enjoy! Don’t forget to also checkout our mascots that will be running around all day!

Get in Touch...

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple WA is located in the heart of Maylands

280 Guildford Road, Maylands 6051
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(08) 9371 0048

Around Australia...

Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival continues to be held annually in different cities.


Darling Harbour & Nan Tien Temple



South Bank



Federation Square

Organised By

Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival 2018 is organised by Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple WA, Buddha's Light International Association and the Nan Tien Institute.