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Buddha Day (Hanamatsuri / Flower Festival) is held to commemorate the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini Garden. He became the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, and was the manifestation of Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion.
Temples hold Buddha Day services on or near this date. Services often feature a hanamido, a miniature floral altar with a figure of the baby Buddha. Attendees use a dipping cup to bathe the figure in sweet tea (see image).