- Tea ceremonies reveal the wealth of cultures in Western Australia
- Harmony Week event supported by the McGowan Government for $3,500
Tea is a key feature of many cultures and is the theme of the Buddha's Light International Association of Western Australia (BLIAWA) Harmony Week celebration, Tea and Harmony, tomorrow (March 18), at the spectacular Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of WA in Maylands.
Groups from WA's Japanese, Turkish, Russian, English and Chinese communities will demonstrate the tea ceremony unique to their culture, including preparation style, food accompaniments, history and rituals.
Following the demonstration, guests will be invited to participate in A Taste of Harmony: Tea Meditation and enjoy the calmness and tranquillity that comes with meditation and tea appreciation.
BLIAWA is an organisation of lay people, Buddhism followers and practitioners committed to benefiting society through charitable practice and sharing Buddhist teachings.
Tea and Harmony is proudly supported by the McGowan Government with $3,500 from the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program.
Tea and Harmony is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21 every year.
For more information about Harmony Week, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"Tea is a common thread that joins many cultures and is a creative way of showcasing the rich cultural diversity we enjoy in Western Australia.
"The Tea and Harmony event brings together different community groups to explore the many things we have in common, and to enjoy how these things bring us together."
Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:
"The heart of Maylands beats to the drums of many different cultures and faiths.
"By working and playing together we are the essence of Harmony Week."
Minister's office - 6552 5600