Geary St. and Powell St.
San Francisco, California 94102

2008 Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Date: Sunday, May 25th
Time: 10:30am - 5:00PM
Venue: San Francisco Union Square
Contact: (415)776-6538, (510)818-0077
Organizer: Buddha's Light International Association, San Francisco Regional Chapter
Co-organizer: American Buddhist Cultural Society, San Francisco & Fremont
Light of Buddha Temple, Oakland

Buddha's Day celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who was to become Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Prince Siddhartha was born on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month or on the day of the full moon in May over 2,550 years ago in Lumbibi, Kapilavatsu in Northern India near the present border of Nepal . His family name was Gautama and he was the crown prince of a small feudal kingdom of the Sakya Clan.

The Buddha's Birthday Celebration aims to promote an inclusive, peaceful and harmonious society. The founding goals of the festival are two-fold:

to promote harmony, respect, peace and cultural awareness in our culturally diverse society; and to share joy and happiness within the community and among families.

There will be offering ceremony, entertainments, food and cultural events.

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Added by Michael D. Healy on April 28, 2008