Also at this time, BLIA Johannesburg and Pretoria together with the assistance from different China Malls collectively celebrated Buddha’s birthday. The three China malls were the Africa China Mall, Eastern Mall and China Town. The services were presided over by the Abbot Venerable Hui Fang, the Temple Manager Venerable Hui Xing and Ven. Yi Chuen respectively. More than 1200 people bathed the Buddha.
At Bujue Temple in Johannesburg, joint celebrations and Dharma Functions of Buddha’s birthday, Mothers Day and BLIA Day were held, which were attended by sixty people. Everyone one was filled with Dharma joy. Nan Hua Temple Abbot Venerable Hui Fang led the chanting service. Among the VIPs were the new Ambassador, Liu Qing Lei of the Taiwan Liaison Office, Deputy Ambassador Xu Huai Cong, BLIA Johannesburg Chapter President, Ping De Man and other Chinese people from overseas. After the service, the Abbot, Venerable Hui Fang led the VIPs and the crowd to bath the Buddha. Afterwards, sisters of BLIA were alongside giving devotees traditional Buddha’s Birthday pastries.
Lastly, Venerable Hui Bo and Venerable Hui Xiang led BLIA members to different shops in the area to distribute the Buddha’s Birthday pastries wishing people health, peace and prosperity.
This is a tradition, whereby after every Dharma Function, people will get what the host has prepared which is a Buddha’s Birthday pastry. Inside the pastry there is a small packet which has been stamped with the three good exercises, to remind people that they are expected to keep a good mind, speak good words, do good things, purify their minds and live together harmoniously in society.