posted Feb 25, 2011, 5:22 AM by Jundo Cohen
updated Mar 20, 2011, 7:18 PM
Celebrate the holiday with a typical child's birthday party, but with the Baby Buddha as the Birthday Boy! Invite other, especially Buddhist children. Cake and ice cream (in moderation!), songs and games ("Pin the Tail on the Elephant"? ... "Musical Zafus"? ... a "White Elephant Hunt"? ... ) and all the typical birthday party events. Combine with some other holiday suggestions such as Vesak Lantern Making and Tree Planting. Sing "Happy Birthday to You, Dear Buddha" ... blow out "the Candle of Desire", making a wish ... not for oneself ... but for others' peace and happiness. Sing Buddhist songs (see our SONG WRITING CONTEST). Exchange small, handmade gifts given to others, emphasizing the giving.
Please suggest other game and children's party activities.