In April, we celebrate Hanamatsuri, which in Japanese literally
means “flower festival.” This is taken from the legend of the
historical Buddha’s birth when his mother, Queen Maya, stopped in
Lumbini’s Garden on the way back to her hometown to give birth.
It is said that all the flowers bloomed, and it rained sweet tea
from the sky. Thus, we decorate the hanamido, or small altar with
the statue of the baby Buddha with flowers and pour sweet tea
over the statue.