Download the guide to Karen culture, faith and history

Karen Christmas Festival

In December 2010 Karen Christians and Karen Buddhists joined together to hold the first Karen Christmas Festival in Bendigo.

Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus.

Karen Christians regard Jesus as the Son of God, fully divine and fully human.

The Dalai Lama has said Buddhists can regard Jesus as a "bodhisattva", or enlightened being who sacrifices himself for the benefit of all living beings.

In Burma and in refugee camps in Thailand, Karen people have developed their own culturally specific ways of celebrating Christmas.

At the Karen Christmas Festival Australians join with Karen people in a celebration that includes interfaith prayers for peace in Burma, Karen Christmas carols, traditional Karen dancing, and food that includes roasted chicken and pork, and sticky rice.

By celebrating Christmas together, Karen Christians share what is most precious to them - Jesus - with their Australian and Karen Buddhist brothers and sisters. | Resources | Add Links | Privacy |