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Buddha's Birthday: Hanamatsuri


​​Hanamatsuri or "Flower Festival," is the Japanese term for observing the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. According to the Theravada Tripitaka scriptures, Gautama was born in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, around the year 563 BCE, and raised in Kapilavastu.

Since the founding of FSZS in 2010, this has been a time to talk about the role of legends in ceremonies and how in today's society they can offer all of us a backward-facing peek into how mystica