Buddha’s Day is celebrated here in Melbourne in commemoration of the day that the Buddha achieved enlightenment. Where I’m from we call this Visakha Bucha Day, but I get that “Buddha’s Day” is easier to say.
It was an auspicious occasion for STREAT. We had our food carts trading through the weekend for the occasion, and did a bustling trade. Fed Square is a busy place to be during events. On Saturday we did a papaya salad cooking demo so that everyone can have some rocking vegetarian som tam in their life. We also had a tent with information on our works. To those of you who came out and met us—it was great getting to chat.
The organisers put on a Bodhi Tree installation for the occasion. The Bodhi Tree is venerated by Buddhists as a holy tree because it’s what the Buddha sat under when he achieved enlightenment. For the weekend, people attending the festivities could write their wishes on a leaf which was “planted” into St Paul’s Court. Take a look at Andrew’s wish in the banner image above. Lets work to make policy changes like this come true.
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