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Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum

(7 May 2018)

Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on Saturday 19 May, from 1-5pm.

Buddha’s Birthday, also known as Vesak, is celebrated around the world and commemorates the birth of Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment. 

The Museum will be decorated in spectacular style with paper cranes and coloured lanterns and will provide lots of activities suitable for the whole family.

The day will include craft activities, a gallery trail and storytelling for children and Buddhist practitioners will offer a guided meditation, yoga session and talks.

Visitors will have the opportunity to handle some Buddhist objects from the Museum’s collections, and pour flower-scented water over a statue of Buddha, symbolising the cleansing of body, speech and thoughts.

Charlotte Spink, the Museum’s Access and Community Engagement Officer said: “This year’s celebration of Buddha’s Birthday is going to be wonderful.

"We’re thrilled to be working with members of the local Buddhist community who will help us deliver the event. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event on 19th May.”

For more information see the Oriental Museum website: