Saturday, 9 April 2011

Whose birthday was it yesterday?

The 25th of December is very famous all over the world as Jesus Christ's birthday. Yesterday, the 8th of April was Buddha's birthday and it is said Flower Festival (Hana-matsuri in Japanese).
The birthday festival is based on a legend colorful flowers and honeydew fell from the sky when Buddha was born.

In Japan, Buddha's birth is also celebrated according to the Buddhist calendar but is not a national holiday. On this day, all temples hold Hana-matsuri. Japanese people pour ama-cha (a beverage prepared from a variety of hydrangea) on small Buddha statues decorated with flowers, as if bathing a newborn baby.

If you go to a temple on that day, maybe you can experience to pour ama-cha.

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