Celebration: The Buddha’s Birthday with Silkroad Ensemble

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 11 AM - 4 PM

Join us for a festive day to celebrate Vesak, an international holiday that commemorates the Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. It is named for the Sanskrit word for the month of May and is celebrated on the full moon, when the Buddha’s mother is said to have given birth to him in a garden in the foothills of the Himalayas. Members of the Silkroad Ensemble will create an atmosphere for contemplation throughout the day, filling the museums with sound as they present excerpts from their new composition inspired by artworks on view. Plus, take special tours of the exhibition Encountering the Buddha, meet Buddhist practitioners from local community groups, and catch the debut of two short films made by the Freer|Sackler Teen Council.

  • Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Freer|Sackler
  • Cost: Free