World Cultural and Natural Heritage

World Cultural and Natural Heritage


Vesak Day in Ottawa: 19 May 2018

Vesak in Ottawa, Canada’s 151th Birthday and Asian Heritage – Celebrate Together –

at Ottawa City Hall

Tweet from Mayor Jim Watson

Tweet from Hon. Yasir Naqvi

Tweet from MPP Jack MacLaren

His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador attends Vesak Day 2017 in Ottawa at Parliament Hill

Media Coverage


Happy Vesak – Welcoming Mayor Jim Watson – May 2013

Connecting Point

2017 Event Photos

To advance the teachings, observances and cultures associated with Buddhism.


Equality, Peace and Reconciliation in the World

In Buddhist tradition, Vesak is a day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

This is an opportunity to reflect on his words in this time of conflict and suffering, such as; a  generous heart, positive thoughts, kind speech leading to compassionate action are the things which renew humanity; and “may all life be delivered from suffering.” “Friendship is the only  cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.” The way is in the heart.  Join us in a renewed commitment to equality, peace and reconciliation in this world.

Practicing Generosity & Compassion

2016 Vesak and Asian Heritage trifold FINAL V3 page 1 2016 Vesak and Asian Heritage trifold FINAL V3 page 2

Media Coverage:

Youtube: MPP MACLAREN’s Message at Parliament of Ontario .

Dr. N. F. Han received the Official Vesak Day proclamation from Mayor Jim Watson on May 2nd 2015

21 ft by 12 ft Buddhsit Flag on Display

For the second consecutive year Ottawa has proclaimed Vesak Day

A BIG THANK YOU to ALL Sponsors, Volunteers and Everyone for the  Support

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Embassy News:

Ottawa Community News:

Youtube: Ottawa Vesak Celebrations

Ven Sanga Chanting for World Peace

Ven Sanga Chanting for World Peace

Ven Sanga Walking in Ottawa City Hall May 4 2014

Ven Sanga Walking in Ottawa City Hall May 4 2014

Mayor presented Vesak Day in Ottawa proclamation to Visita Leelaratna

City of Mayor Jim Watson, left Founder of Vesak in Ottawa Center and right Stittsville ward councillor Shad Qadri

 Vesak Day and Asian Heritage Festivities at Ottawa City Hall on May 4th 2014;

Let’s Celebrate together!

Celebrations of Vesak have now become an essential part of Ottawa’s cultural heritage.

Buddhist Temple Road Sign in Ottawa - 2013

Official Road Sign in Ottawa initiated by VesakinOttawa

Recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, Vesak Day provides an opportunity to promote the message of compassion, peace, equality, goodwill and devotion to humanity

In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month