Sunday, May 12, 2019

"Buddha Day" as Vesak celebration (May 12)

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Vesak Day celebrations at Borobodur in Java, Indonesia
Official nameVesākha, Buddha Purnima, Buddha Jayanti, Vaisakha, Vesak, Vaishakhi Purnima
বৈশাখী পুর্ণিমার
Also calledThe Buddha's Birthday or Buddha Day
Observed byBuddhists and some Hindus in South and Southeast Asia and in East Asia (as The Buddha's Birthday)
SignificanceThe birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha
ObservancesMeditation, observing the Eight Precepts, partaking of vegetarian food, giving to charity, "bathing" the Buddha
DateFull moon of the month of Vesākha, usually in April (first), May or June (last)
2018 date29 April
(Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Burma, and Bangladesh)
30 April (India, Nepal)
29 May (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia)
2019 dateMay 19
Related toBuddha's Birthday
Other related festivals
Laba Festival (in China)
Rohatsu (in Japan)
Bathing the Buddha on Vesak
Vesak (Pali Vesākha, Sanskrit Vaiśākha), also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, and Buddha Day, is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus on different days in the various Buddhist countries of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Mongolia, the Philippines, and in China (but not in formerly Buddhist countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Baluchistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgystan, Tajikastan, Gandhara (the former Scythian/Shakyian Land of the Buddha), Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam as "Buddha's Birthday" as well as in other parts of the world. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and final nirvana (parinirvāna) of the Buddha Gautamaa in the Theravada or more orthodox tradition. More

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