Harmony Week is an international recognition of diversity, respect, and belonging, and ran this year from March 15 to March 21. In celebration, we placed the spotlight on handful of sections within our wonderful grounds and reflected on how they each contribute to honouring the rich and diverse cultures of our communities.
Monday's focus was Song He Yuan, a garden at Springvale Botanical Cemetery designed with our Buddhist community in mind. Designed under Feng Shui principles on a westward facing slope, a full-size Buddha overlooks the landscape from the Di Zhang Wang Temple.
In Chinese culture, filial piety is a duty that encompasses respect, obedience, and care for one’s elderly family members. On any given day, you can find members of our community practicing Tai Chi on the grounds as a way to connect with their beloved ancestors.
‘Today my body returns to the earth, tomorrow my spirit ascends to the heaven.’