Hanamatsuri - Flower Festival

photograph of 9 young boys and girls on stage wearing costumes waving at audience
Sunday School children in Hanamatsuri Concert, 1956 Courtesy Mac and Reyko Nishiyama

The Hanamatsuri is held in the spring and celebrates the birth of Prince Siddhartha who later became Shakyamuni Buddha. It is perhaps the most ornate and colourful because young children take part in the festival. The children offer flowers to a statue of a baby Buddha and pour sweet tea over him. The tea represents the sweet rain that fell on April 8, the day of his birth over 2500 years ago.