World Peace Blessing Ceremony
Wishing Lanterns
Baby Blessing Ceremony
Interfaith Ceremony for Peace and Understanding
Bathing the Buddha - Cleaning our inner soul
Meditation for body, mind and soul
Bodhi Leaf Interactive Art
Multicultural Performance
Let's Celebrate Diversity & Multiculturalism

Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival

Dates: 16 - 17 May 2015

Address: Federation Square, Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 9314 5147  


The 20th annual Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival celebrates Buddha's birthday and the diversity of multicultural society.

The festival promotes inclusiveness, cultural awareness and understanding whilst enhancing community spirit and social harmony. It celebrates hope for the future through multicultural and multi-faith concerts, inter faith ceremonies, educational lectures, world peace and baby blessing ceremonies, meditation for body and mind, glorious cuisine and much more.

As a significant event in the Melbourne calendar, acknowledged by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, its primary goals are to promote peace and harmony, respect and magnanimity, compassion and cultural awareness and to share the spirit of joy and happiness within the community and families.

This year's theme is hope and future. It is through hope for the Earth and the people, that there will be a brighter future. This hope for the future of the Earth will come from nurturing the fragile environment, restoring a balance in humanity and providing compassion to the earth through recycling, sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

The hope for sentient beings lies in restoring the balance in humanity through the three acts of goodness (do good deeds, say kind words, think honourable thoughts), four offerings (give others confidence, joy, convenience and service) and five harmonies (self-serenity, family tranquillity, peer respect, social harmony and world peace).

There is hope that each and every person will plant this seed of hope for a brighter and better future for all beings. Come and be part of the hope for a harmonious future within oneself, families, peers, society and the world.

The festival is organised by Fo Guang Shan and Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), a not-for-profit organisation. The association engages in activities that are beneficial to society at large. It places emphasis on education, culture, cultivation and service.

Content: Buddha's Light International Association


This is a free event.

Local directions

Opposite Flinders Street Station


  • Car park
  • Child activities
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Entertainment
  • First aid equipment
  • Shaded area

Opening hours

Highlight events include baby blessing, multicultural and multi-faith concert, World Peace and Interfaith ceremonies, multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair, Bodhi Leaf interactive art, wishing lanterns, tea meditation, spiritual lectures, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, Tai chi and much more. Please see festival website for more information. Registration required for certain activities with limited spaces.

Event runs until 7:00PM.

Festival runs until 5:00PM.

Disabled access

The Melbourne Mobility Centre is located on the first floor of the Federation Square Car Park (ground level, adjacent to the Art Play playground). The centre is dedicated to improving access for everyone, loaning mobility equipment including wheelchairs, scooters, walking frames and children’s strollers.

How to get here