Vesak Festival

Vesak Festival

The Vesak day is the day when Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. The true essence of Vesak Day is to celebrate the Dharma rather than the physical presence of the Buddha himself.

This day is special as it honors the “Dharma” or teachings that the Buddha has left behind. It is also regarded as a day of re-dedication to the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-Fold Path as well as the Jewels in Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The Buddhist clad in their white traditional attire can be seen in the early hours of the morning going to temples to worship the shrine of the Buddha.

Vesak is the most holy time in the Buddhist calendar. In Indian Buddhist traditions, the holiday is known by its Sanskrit equivalent, Vaisakha. The word Vesak itself is the Sinhalese language word for the Pali variation, "Visakha". Vaishākha is the name of the second month of the lunar Hindu calendar. Vesak is also known as Visakah Puja, Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Visakha Bucha in Thailand, Phat Dan in Vietnam, Waisak in Indonesia, Vesak in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, and Saga Dawa in Tibet.

 




















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