Buddha Purnima Festival:

Buddha Poornima is also known as Buddha Jayanti. It is the most holy festivals of Buddhist. Buddha Purnima is celebrated in memory of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha was the founder of Buddhism. This day is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. It falls on the full moon night in Vaisak hindu month, April – May. This day represents three



important events of Buddha’s life his birth, his enlightenment and his death, nirvana. Buddha Jayanti is the most holy festivals of Buddhist. Lord Buddha was the founder of the Buddhist religion and is said to be the ninth avatar of Vishnu.

Many Buddhists visit temples on Vesak to listen to monks give talks and religious Buddhists may spend all day in one or more temples. Some temples display a small statue of Buddha as a baby. The statue is placed in a hand basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. Visitors to the temple pour water over the statue. This symbolizes a pure and new beginning.

Many Buddhists pay special attention to Buddha’s teachings during Vesak. They may wear white best clothes and only eat vegetarian food on and around Vesak. Many people also give money, food or goods to organizations that help the poor, the old and those who are sick. Enslaved animals are bought and set free to display care for all living creatures as said by Buddha.

Government offices, post offices and banks are closed in India on this day. Stores and other businesses and organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher

in India. Different Buddhist communities may celebrate this on different dates in years when there are two full moons in May. The dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during Vesak. It is a wooden wheel with eight spokes.

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