Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The Year of the Pig went off with a spectacular bang last Saturday evening at the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple in Priestdale. Thousands of people joined in the celebrations, which included a fun and food fair, lion dancing, a ceremonial Light Offering, fireworks and cultural performances. To herald in the start of the Chinese New Year, the Blessing Bell was rung 108 times at midnight marking good luck and prosperity for all.
Enjoying the festivities with the Venerable Abbess Chueh-Shan were Graham Able, Mayor of Logan, Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Craig Emerson, Federal Member for Rankin and Michael Choi, State Member for Capalaba. Representing the Queensland Police Service was the Commissioner, Bob Atkinson together with several of his senior officers. Also present were Wang Xue Zheng, Consul of the Peoples Republic of China and James Tein, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
The next major event for the Temple is the Buddha Birthday Festival at the South Bank Parklands over the first weekend in May. In its 11^th year and attracting nearly 200,000 people, the Festival is now one of Queenslands largest cultural events and the largest Buddhist festival in the world.

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Chung Tian Temple celebrates Chinese New Year with a bang.


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