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Buddha's Birthday


The Birthday of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, also known as Sakyamuni), also called the Buddha Bathing Festival, is one of the most spiritual and unique festivals celebrated in Hong Kong. According to legend, nine dragons sprayed water to bathe the baby Buddha at birth. Thus, on his birthday, devotees gather at Buddhist temples to bathe statues of him, in a ritual that is believed to aid in the purification of one's soul. One of the grandest ceremonies is held at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home of the Big Buddha.

Po Lin Monastery

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