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Celebration for Buddha’s birthday

Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, known as Hanamatsuri, or Flower Festival, will be celebrated by the West Maui Buddhist community at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission.

According to Mahayana Buddhist tradition, the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, was born on April 8 more than 2,500 years ago in Lumbini Flower Garden in present day Nepal. His teachings are a guide to realizing a universal spirit of wisdom and compassion as a foundation for humanity.

The celebration will consist of a service that includes offering sweet tea to the infant statue of the Buddha enshrined in a flower shrine called hanamido, offerings of incense and flowers and birthday cake ceremony. The Rev. Ai Hironaka of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission will be the featured speaker. Fellowship activities will follow the service.

The observance is co-sponsored by the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, Lahaina Shingon Mission and Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Lahaina Hongwanji Mission is located at 551 Wainee St.

All are welcome to join this celebration. For more information, call 661-0640.

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