Calendar : Buddha Day
Event : Buddha Day
Event Type: Other
Event Description : Buddha Day, or Vesak, is is a celebration that commemorates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, and his passing into nirvana. It is named for the month of May and is celebrated on the first full moon of May. Vesak is the most important holiday in the Theravada Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia, though its observance varies from culture to culture. In the United States, it has become the occasion for a common celebration that unites different Buddhist traditions and schools, Asian and non-Asian, immigrant and convert, Theravadin and Mahayana (for different schools of Zen, which is a tradition of the Mahayana school of Buddhism, the Buddha's birthday is celebrated according to a different calendar and falls on April 8; his enlightenment and death are also assigned to different days). Vesak celebrations are a time for the rededication of one's commitment to the Buddha's teachings and to practice.
Date : 5 May 2013
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