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  • Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition - Portland, OR: March 31, 2012

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Hana Matsuri, the Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha

Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition

March 31-April 1, 2012
10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Pavilion
Included with Garden admission

In Japan, religious festivals are often connected with seasonal changes when people give thanks for the blessings of nature. Hana Matsuri both celebrates the fleeting beauty of the delicate cherry blossom and honors the birth of Buddha, traditionally celebrated on April 8 in Japan. Those who visit a temple on his birthday take an offering of fresh spring flowers, and the festival has become known as Hana Matsuri, the Flower Festival. As the highlight of the Saga Goryu School of Ikebana’s spring exhibition, Reverends Wako Henjyoji and David Komeiji of Henjyoji Buddhist Temple in Portland create a special shrine decorated with flowers in which a statue of the young Shaka Nyorai Buddha is enshrined. It is often said that tea rained down on the day of the Buddha’s birth, and participants take turns offering incense and pouring a ladle of floral tea over the head of the Buddha as part of this ceremonial ritual. The prayer ceremony will be held at 10am on both days of the festival and exhibition, and a demonstration of Chado, The Way of Tea will be presented both days at 2pm.