Did you know?: Spring and Buddha in Japan
For many Japanese, celebrating flower festivals in the spring is more important than Christmas. On April 8, Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism by commemorating the compassion and enlightenment of Buddha (literally, the Enlightened One). Buddhist temples in the nation place the statue of Baby Buddha in a small chapel decorated with flowers and visitors pour sweet tea over the statue with a ladle.
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