紐西蘭佛光山迎龍年 新上任總理Luxon親臨賀新春

紐西蘭北島佛光山於2024年2月9日大年三十隆重慶祝農曆新春,迎接龍年。當晚,逾8000人來寺參與跨年盛宴。紐西蘭佛光山住持滿信法師領眾普佛辭歲,並舉行新春早課,祈福新的一年得到佛菩薩的加持和龍天的護佑。紐西蘭新上任總理Christopher Luxon率團隊親臨現場,偕貴賓們一齊向佛光山開山祖師星雲大師獻花,感謝大師讓佛教文化在紐西蘭扎根,更為本土社區的凈化與發展作出重要貢獻。與會貴賓還有國家黨國會議員MP Nancy LU 、Howick Local Board地方主席Damian Light、紐西蘭警署部高級警長Senior Sergeant Anson LIN、藝術家 Richard Monk共同出席賀新春,並向紐西蘭華人大眾拜年。住持代表佛光山常住贈予總理大師春聯「雲水自在、祥和歡喜」,祝福總理能在繁忙的工作中保持內心自在,享受祥和歡喜的心境。

「我要特別感謝紐西蘭佛光山每年都舉辦如此熱鬧的農曆新年活動,這已是我第三年參加,每一次都令我感到歡喜和感動。」總理 Luxon 也承諾,新的一年,新的政府,他和團隊將制定出新的策略,帶領紐西蘭邁向更美好的未來。

國家黨國會議員 MP Nancy LU和Howick地方主席Damian向大眾拜年,表示很榮幸能參與農曆新年活動,衷心祝福大眾在龍年家庭和睦,心想事成。

每年春節,Manukau警署部都會派警員到佛光山提供保駕護航服務,確保活動安全順利進行。警員們也參與佛光舞獅團的表演,為節日增添特別色彩,彰顯了警民互動的友好關係。高級警長 SS Anson LIN於致詞中,表達了對大眾支持警方工作的感激,並強調唯有警民合作,才能共同努力打造安全社區。

北島佛光山精心準備了超過一萬份的新春吉祥紅包,由住持滿信法師、總理Luxon和Howick地方主席Damian 一同派發,傳遞美好祝願。領取紅包的隊伍如蜿蜒的巨龍般絡繹不絕。大眾與總理Luxon一起倒計時迎龍年,欣賞跨年表演。大眾紛紛表示,每個農曆中國年能領受北島佛光山滿滿的祝福和溫暖,是紐西蘭大眾的一份殊榮。能見到總理的蒞臨,不僅是對華人社區的支持和祝福,也象徵著紐西蘭多元文化的包容與共融。

FGS NZ Celebrates the Year of the Dragon with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon Extending New Year Greetings

On 9th February 2024, the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple Auckland hosted a celebration to welcome the Year of the Dragon. The event saw a turnout of over 8,000 attendees joining in the festivities to mark the beginning of a new year. The celebration was graced by the presence of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Christopher Luxon. The Prime Minister paid homage to the Founding Master of Fo Guang Shan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, by offering flowers in appreciation of the Venerable Master establishing the Temple in New Zealand and the significant contributions to the wellbeing of the local community through various educational, artistic and cultural services. 

Distinguished guests including National Party MP Nancy LU, Chairman of the Howick Local Board, Damian Light, New Zealand Police Senior Sergeant Anson LIN and artist Richard Monk, also graced the event, extending their New Year wishes to the Chinese community in New Zealand.

Venerable Abbess Manshin presented Spring Festival couplets to Prime Minister Luxon, May you be Free as Cloud and Water, Auspicious and Joyful, imparting wishes for peace and joy amidst his responsibilities. Prime Minister Luxon expressed his gratitude to Fo Guang Shan New Zealand for consistently organising the vibrant Lunar New Year event, marking his third year of participation. He committed to leading New Zealand towards a prosperous future with new strategies under his government.

The event also featured heartfelt New Year greetings from MP Nancy LU and Chairperson Light. They expressed their joy in participating and wished the public family harmony and success in the Year of the Dragon.

The New Zealand Police provide security services to ensure the smooth and safe progression of the festivities. The police officers also participate in the Fo Guang Lion Dance Performance, adding a unique flair to the celebrations and showcasing the cooperation between the police and the community. Senior Sergeant Anson LIN thanked the public for their support and stressed the importance of cooperation in ensuring community safety. 

The Fo Guang Shan Auckland meticulously prepared over ten thousand auspicious New Year red packets. These were distributed by Abbess Manshin, Prime Minister Luxon and Chairman Light, conveying the best wishes to the public. The enthusiastic participation of the public in the countdown and the New Year performances underscored the warmth and blessings extended by Fo Guang Shan Temple to the people of New Zealand. Prime Minister Luxon’s attendance highlighted the government’s support for the Chinese community and the broader message of New Zealand’s commitment to multiculturalism and inclusivity.