Buddha’s Birthday falls on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month.
The Birthday of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, also known as Sakyamuni), also called the Buddha Bathing Festival, is one of the most spiritual and unique festivals celebrated in Hong Kong.
According to legend, nine dragons sprayed water to bathe the baby Buddha at birth. Thus, on his birthday, devotees gather at Buddhist temples to bathe statues of him, in a ritual that is believed to aid in the purification of one’s soul. One of the grandest ceremonies is held at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home of the Big Buddha.
Before and after the Birthday of Buddha, celebrants also eat bitter, green cookies which represents passing through hardship to enjoy better things.
Po Lin Monastery
- MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and take New Lantao Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre, which takes around 45 minutes. Then walk for eight minutes; or,
- catch the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village, which takes around 40 minutes.