It is that time of year again! Our Annual Cultural Festival is coming up and YOU are invited!
This family friendly event is a celebration of our multicultural community and includes a variety of activities, performances and cuisine from all over the world. Engaging all of the senses, this culturally-rich tradition has been held since 1996 and this year’s will be as fabulous as ever!
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS:
WHEN: Sunday 25th Dec - Monday 2nd Jan
WHAT’S ON: We bring together different cultures through performing arts, crafts, vegetarian food, exhibitions, entertainment for the children and much more!
Vegetarian Food Fair
Whilst you enjoy all the sights and sounds of the Cultural Festival, you are bound to get hungry! Luckily, our vegetarian food fair provides tasty and affordable meals and snacks. Vegetarian food isn’t boring! Peruse the stalls and sample freshly made treats. Drinks are available for purchase too.
Thomas the Tank Engine Children’s Ride
We have a very special visitor coming to the Nan Tien Temple - Thomas the Tank Engine! Your little ones will have a blast riding around the temple gardens on this mini train ride!
25th, 26th, 27th, 31st Dec & 1st Jan - Multicultural Performances
Throughout the festival we will showcase many local performers to keep you entertained as well as traditional Chinese music, song and dance. We are proud to introduce performers from various cultures!
New Year’s Eve – Pilgrimage, Light Offering, Sounding the Bell of Peace
Welcome the New Year in a truly auspicious way! At midnight, visitors are welcome to sound the Bell of Peace. With each strike made with a sincere heart, it is wished that those who hear it are brought comfort and peace.
New Year’s Day - Lion Dance
No Chinese festivity is complete without a spectacular Lion Dance! An absolute favourite with children and adults alike. The dance consists of two performers operating a colorful Lion. Drummers accompany the show to provide rhythm and further drama.
Buddhism Book Fair
Whether you have a newly developed interest in Buddhism or are an experienced practitioner, this book fair will have titles to suit everyone. Authors will include the founder of Fo Guang Shan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
Learn about this ancient art form which has origins dating back more than 2,000 years. Whilst practicing Chinese Calligraphy you will learn how to read, pronounce and write Mandarin. So be mindful and concentrate on the positive messages!
One Stroke Calligraphy
Marvel at the One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition, where Master Hsing Yun (founder of Fo Guang Shan and Nan Tien temple) has completed his Dharma words without sight. At 88 years old, Master Hsing Yun has developed cataracts, depleting his ability to see. However, through mindfulness, he is able to continue to complete beautiful Chinese Calligraphy. By altering the pressure of his brush, he eliminates the need to remove the pen to another space on the page, thus completing the characters in “one stroke”.
Wishing Tree and Happy Buddha
Popular attractions at Nan Tien festivals are our Wishing Tree and Happy Buddha Display. A statue of the ever smiling “Happy Buddha” (or Matreya Bodhisattva) sits watching over our gold-leaved Wishing Tree. Make a wish as you throw an auspicious red ribbon and Chinese coin upon the golden branches! Afterwards you can take a photo with the Happy Buddha!
Arts & Craft
During the Cultural Festival there will be many different things to keep you occupied! Enjoy hands-on activities such as painting your own Chinese Lantern to browsing local stall holders' wares.
We hope you can join us!
For more information on the Cultural Festival