May 21, 2016
|Last Year (2016)||21st May|
|Present Year (2017)||10th May|
|Next Year (2018)||30th April|
Buddha Purnima is a Buddhist festival celebrated in the memory of Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Buddha was a spiritual teacher during and after his lifetime. Lord Buddha’s teachings have not only given a deeper insight into one’s existence, additionally made a huge commitment in freeing one from the everyday clashes in mind. Buddha’s teachings help us to attain a new perspective to peace help us to free from the worries of life.
When is Buddha Purnima celebrated?
Buddha Purnima falls upon the arrival of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted occasion in India. Government offices and most businesses remain closed during a gazetted holiday, so people have a day off from the work. The decision to celebrate this day as the Buddha’s birthday was taken at the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in May 1950 and the date was fixed as the day of the full moon in May.
What do People do on Buddha Purnima?
Buddhist Pilgrims come to Bodh Gaya in Nepal from all over the world to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. They spend all day in temples to listen to talks given by monks and recite ancient verses. Devout Buddhists and followers visit all day in one or more temples. Where a Statue of Buddha placed in a water-filled basin and decorated with flowers is displayed. Devotees can bring flowers, candles, and joss-sticks to dedicate at the feet of Buddha Statue. They pour water over the statue, which symbolizes a pure and new beginning.
The Bodhi tree is decorated with garlands and colored flags. A number of lamps are lit around the tree, and milk and scented waters are poured on its roots.
Buddhists pay special attention to Buddha’s teachings. On this day, people only used to wear white clothes and eat vegetarian food. They also reaffirm their faith in the five principles called Panchsheel, Which is not to take life, not to consume liquor or other intoxicants, not to steal, not to lie, and not to commit adultery.
Many people also distribute fruits, clothes or other necessary things to organizations that help the poor, the elders and sick people. Animals and Birds are freed from cages to display care for all living creatures of God, as preached by Buddha.