The Christ’s Festival
The Festival of the Christ follows one month after Wesak at the time of the full moon of Gemini. It is also known as The Festival of Humanity and the Festival of Goodwill. During the festival humanity’s spiritual and divine nature is recognized. It has the keynote of “humanity, aspiring to God” and blending many different spiritual approaches in one united act of invocation. It has been observed since 1952 as World Invocation Day when a special focus is placed upon the world-wide use of the Great Invocation .
On this Festival for two thousand years the Christ has represented humanity and has stood before the Hierarchy and in the sight of Shamballa as the God-man, the leader of his people and "the eldest in a great family of brothers" (Romans VIII:29). Each year at this time he has preached the last sermon of the Buddha before the assembled Hierarchy. This is, therefore, a Festival of deep invocation and appeal, of a basic aspiration towards fellowship, of human and spiritual unity; it represents the effect in human consciousness of the work of the Buddha and of the Christ.