Buddha Day: May 25
Buddha Day is celebrated by Buddhists worldwide.
Visakha Puja or Buddha day is the most significant day in the Buddhist calendar, celebrating the three most important incidents in the life of the Buddha, his birth, the enlightenment and the death which all occurred on this day. Its a moveable day falling on the first full moon in May the fifth month except in leap year when it falls in June.
Buddha Day History
Visakha Puja is the holiest of days in all Buddhists lives. Buddhists make merits and attend sermons in temples all over Asia. The countryside people wake up early and start making food and sweets for the monks and then form a long line and walk to their temple of worship to attend in all religious activities.
Many activities are performed during Visakha Puja day, including the most important Tum Boon, going to temples for special observations, listening to Dharma preaching and giving donations. Rub Sil a practiced activity of with holding the 5 precepts which include to abstain from alcohol and all immoral acts. Tuk Bard is practiced by offering food to the monks from the alm bowl, practice of meditation, and many monks stay in the temple for a few days wearing the traditional white robes of the buddha.
Buddha Day Traditions and Activities
Vien Tien is the final activity and the most beautiful. The Buddhists attend a candle lit procession in the evening to their temple of worship holding flowers and three incense sticks. This is a silent homage to their Buddha and his disciples.
- Buddha’s Birthday
- Visakha Puja