The event attracted both Buddhists and non-Buddhists who came together to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and attainment of Nibbana of Gautama Supreme Buddha. This was an excellent opportunity for people of the many different Buddhists communities as well as non-Buddhists to see all the many unique Buddhist traditions followed all over the world. Non-Buddhists as well as Buddhists had the opportunity to meet the Maha Sanga from various Buddhists sects and learn from them. This event gave a chance for the various Buddhist communities in Canada represented by many cultures and nationalities to showcase some of their programs, traditional dances and songs. The Sangha representing the various Buddhist temples at the event also recited blessings and chanting in many languages.
Buddha’s Birthday Celebration also provided a chance for people to educate not only fellow Buddhists, but also interested non-Buddhists through the many illustrations and portraits prepared by children as well as through pamphlets and free Dhamma books that were handed out.
A beautiful stupa, which was created by the devotees of Mahamevnawa Toronto was displayed at this event. Devotees had the opportunity to collect invaluable merit by paying homage to the Stupa by offering flowers, which were also provided by the devotees of Mahamevnawa Toronto. Several devotees and curious onlookers were delighted to have had the opportunity to offer flowers this Stupa, which symbolized the great Stupas that hold much of Gautama Supreme Buddha’s sacred relics.