Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak

Commemorating the Lord Buddha's Birth,Enlightenment and Passing

Saturday May 4, 2019 in the City of Melbourne

The theme of the 2019 event is LIGHT.

In 2019 , we take inspiration from Dhammapada Verse 387 where, on the full moon day of the seventh month, the Lord Buddha addressed Venerable Ananda while residing at the Pubbarama monastery:

By day shines the sun; 

by night shines the moon;

in regalia shines the king; 

in meditation shines the arahat;

but the Buddha in his glory shines at all times, by day and by night.

Thus in 2019, the Victoria UN Vesak celebrations take on the theme of “Light”.

We invite you to participate by sharing your interpretations of light and expressed through lanterns. 

We welcome your lanterns that can be carried in the Friendship Walk and showcased in the Melbourne Town Hall. 

Additional guidelines on lanterns are provided here





In the heart of Melbourne 

Saturday 4th of May 2019 

Our Victorian Buddhist community's 12th Multicultural Celebration of the 

Buddha’s Birth Enlightenment and Passing.

SHARING Sangha Lunch Offering Dana
COMMUNITY Vesak Friendship Walk & Procession 
REFLECTION Commemoration at Melbourne Town Hall

Come and be a part of the happy, warm hearted, joyful, peaceful Victorian celebration of one of the most important days in our Buddhist year, Commemorating the Buddha’s universal peace message for the world.

* 9.30 for 10am
Sangha Dana Lunch Offering 
(to the Buddhist Monastics) St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church Hall, 15 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne

* 12.15 for 1.00pm
Vesak Procession & Friendship Walk 
Parliament Gardens Reserve, East Melbourne.
Buddha Floats, Traditional drummers, dress,  flags, lanterns, Victoria’s Buddhist Community.  Procession route: Spring Street, Collins Street to Melbourne Town Hall. 
 Public parking nearby. Parliament Station opposite gardens. 

* 1.30pm - 3pm 
Commemoration at Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne Town Hall, Car Swanston & Collins Streets

* Official Commemoration * Veneration for the Buddha Relics 
* Chanting & Blessing from the Buddhist Sangha * Guided Meditation * Interfaith Messages 
Sharing of Merits 

Viewing and Veneration of Buddha Relics by Sangha and Public

Free event. All welcome.

May all beings be well and happy



04 May 2019

UN Vesak Celebration

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