Flower festival, Japanese Buddhist temple, Washington, D.C.

posted by Mike on April 5th, 2009

Palm Sunday mass was not the only important religious ceremony I attended this weekend. At the temple in DC where I’ve been living, today was the annual celebration of Buddha’s birthday, the “flower festival” or hana-matsuri. It’s also the 35th anniversary of this temple, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Seven monks and nuns joined with more than 50 other people for traditional prayers and ceremonies, a prayer from a local Shawnee leader, a rousing chorus of “Down by the Riverside,” and a Japanese feast.

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T cannot wait to see his picture.

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A visit from the President: No matter what your political persuasion, you should consider getting an Obama cutout. Nobody can resist goofing with this.

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  1. On April 8, 2012 at 07:03 PAUL RUSSELL said:

    IS THERE A FLOWER FESTIVAL TODAY, APRIL 8 2012 AT TOUR TEMPLE AND WHERE IS LOCATION OF TEMPLE?

    THANK YOU,

    PAUL RUSSELL

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