CANCELED – HBC Buddha Day Service

Event details

  • Sunday | April 5, 2020
  • All Day
  • (808) 522-9200
HBC Buddha Day Service Canceled. As a precautionary measure related to the COVID-19 virus, the Hawaii Buddhist Council has decided to cancel the HBC Buddha Day service. No online HBC Buddha Day service either. (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii still intends to present a simple service online via YouTube at 10 a.m. that day with a minister as the speaker; that will be a separate calendar item.)

About Buddha Day

two photos in one - Baby Buddha statue at left cast in 1959, and at right, the small flower alter with a smaller statue of Baby Buddha with sweet tea

Buddha Day (Hanamatsuri / Flower Festival) commemorates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini Garden.

Temples hold Buddha Day services on or near this date. Services often featuring 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).

Each year, the seven denominations that make up the Hawaii Buddhist Council (HBC) hold a joint Buddha Day Service in Honolulu at one of the member temples. This year the HBC Buddha Day Service will again be hosted at Hawaii Betsuin. Arriving is early is recommended as temples often fill up on joint service days.

For more information, please call
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (808) 522-9200