Like commemorating the birth and life of famous figures? Like multicultural festivities that shed a light on diversity and harmony? If so, it's party time. Brisbane's annual Buddha Birthday Festival is back for its 20th year at South Bank — and yes, it is the biggest annual celebration of its kind in the world.
The 2016 program certainly aims to prove that claim, courtesy of three jam-packed days of candle lighting, lion dances, dragon boat regattas, origami, calligraphy, fireworks and more. In fact, there's so much on the agenda that your best bet might be to head to South Brisbane and settle in for the long haul.
200,000 people are expected to do the same — and with more than 350 performers and 180 events on offer, you can't blame them. The festival isn't just about watching other people strut their stuff, though. With international food markets serving up culinary delights, tea ceremonies keeping you hydrated and meditation sessions taking care of your mental bliss, this isn't just a feast of fun and entertainment; it's a complete mind and body experience as well.