Bodhi Festival 2014: One of the many beautiful things about Miami is it’s diversity – from Spanish to Latin American all the way to European and Asian – Miami is one of those rare cities you find a fusion of almost every ethnicity, color and religion in one place.
Now clearly when you hear Miami, Spanish & Latin come to mind, but there are others that call themselves Miamians.Holding a small, but noticeable, 1.7%* of Miami-Dade’s population, Asians and Asian Americans have roots that go all the way back to pre-7000 BC and include some of the most prolific dynasties in recorded history like the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties. In fact, a large portion of the world’s major religions have origins rooted in Asia. Since Miami is a widely inclusive city that welcomes all, the 2014 Bodhi Festival will be taking place at the Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden in Miami Beach from April 5th to April 13th and will include the arrival of the Jade Buddha.
“The worldwide famous sculpture is the main attraction of the World Tour of Universal Peace, a travelling international exhibition promoting spiritual awakening of consciousness and mindfulness in people’s lives.”
This statue is a work of art – containing more than 5 tons of Jade from Canada and measuring over 6 feet tall and sits on a 6 foot Alabaster throne that was carved in Thailand – to many, it’s priceless. The purpose of the Jade Buddha? To have everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity, to take a moment to reflect upon peace, whatever that may mean to them. This event will also include Tibetan cultural pageant dancers and Chinese acrobats as well as Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Vietnamese music to celebrate.
And what is a celebration without food? Authentic Asian cuisines will also be available as well as an organic farmer’s market. Monks and Nuns will also be taking part in performances and chanting. Children are welcome. Tickets for this event are only $10 and children under 5 are free. So what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to get your tickets now and experience some of the oldest cultures in the world!
*Information taken from Census.gov. Click Here to view the website.
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