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Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Join us for a festive day to celebrate Vesak, an international holiday that commemorates the Buddha's birth and enlightenment. Named after the Sanskrit word for May, Vesak is celebrated on the full moon to honor the birth of the Historical Buddha in Nepal some twenty-five hundred years ago. 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.
Event location: Freer|Sackler
FREE and open to the public
Image courtesy of Silkroad Ensemble