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By Sarah Ward
May 01, 2018

Buddha Birthday Festival 2018

The biggest annual celebration of Buddha’s birthday in the world.
By Sarah Ward
May 01, 2018

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 22nd year at South Bank — and yes, it is the biggest annual celebration of its kind in the world.

The 2018 program certainly aims to prove that claim once again, courtesy of three jam-packed days of tree blessing, 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 400 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, meditation sessions taking care of your mental bliss and more than 2500 red lanterns on display, this isn't just a feast of entertainment; it's a complete mind and body experience as well.

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