Chinese and Japanese communities in Buenos Aires also celebrate the Bicentennial of Argentina

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The Chinese and the Japanese communities in Buenos Aires have both organized their celebrations to honor Argentina, their adopted homeland, for the Bicentenary of its First National Government. Both celebrations will take place on Sunday May 16, 2010.

Starting at 11:00 am at the Barrio Chino in Belgrano (Arribe├▒os and Olazabal), organized by the Buenos Aires Chinatown Association, Argentina Buddhist Association I.B.P.S, and the For Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery Argentina, the ceremony will reflect the love of all members of the Chinese community for Argentina.
A fundamental part of the event will be the ceremony of the Vesak, also known as the Bath of the Buddha. This important ceremony commemorating the birth of Sakyamuri Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) 2554 years ago will include an invocation for the future of Argentina and its people.
The idea is to use bath water to clean our own Buddha within, that is, to purify the body and mind by the washing of Buddha. It is also a reminder that we must always keep a pure mind.
The celebrations in the streets of Chinatown in Belgrano will also include the classic act of the dragon and a great show with the best of oriental cuisine and handicrafts both Argentine and Chinese.

The Artistic Japanese Grand Parade "Buenos Aires celebra Japon" will take place on the same day on Avenida de Mayo, between Bolivar and Tacuari, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Groups of Taiko (Japanese drums) from various provinces, groups of Japanese and Okinawan dance, and Karate schools will participate in a colorful parade.

The event is organized by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the Embassy of Japan in Argentina, the Nikkei Federation in Argentina (FANA), Kyoren and Okiren.

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