But -- nothing political? Here's the BBC:
"The quick approval of the central government in allowing this exhibition of Buddha's finger bone shows its sincere love for Hong Kong people," Ms Liu told Reuters news agency.
"I would have been delighted just to see a high priest. But to see the Buddha's finger, that is a dream come true," Cheung Yee told Reuters.
But others were more sceptical. Lee Cheuk-yan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, said Liu Yandong's presence at the ceremony was nothing more than a "political public relations exercise".
Relics are fascinating. For those of us on the outside, they motivate fun questions such as: exactly how many teeth did the Buddha have, again? Here is my favourite relic story (possibly anecdotal; I can't figure out where I read it). Supposedly during the Crusades, when Christian relic-hunters were coming up with all sorts of things, there were two of them that claimed to have acquired the head of John the Baptist. The pope (or whoever got to decide these things) made the Solomonic decision that one head was the head of the young John the Baptist, while the other was the head of the old John the Baptist. Case closed, of course.
Anyway, happy Buddha's birthday everybody. Or if the commercialisation of it all has you down, maybe you'd enjoy this.