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Buddha Purnima/Vesak

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Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak, is an important religious festival celebrated by Buddhists all over the world. It marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Vaisakh, which usually falls in the month of April or May.

The celebration of Buddha Purnima has been going on for centuries, and it is the most important festival in the Buddhist calendar. Buddhists celebrate this day by gathering in temples and monasteries to chant hymns and recite prayers. They also light candles and lamps in honour of the Buddha, and offer flowers and incense. Many people also take part in processions and parades, carrying images of the Buddha and chanting prayers.

The main focus of the celebrations is on the teachings of the Buddha, which are based on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. These teachings are seen as the path to enlightenment and liberation from suffering. During the festival, Buddhists take the time to reflect on the teachings of the Buddha and to renew their commitment to living according to the principles of the religion.

Buddha Purnima is also a time of charity and giving. Buddhists show their respect to the Buddha by giving food, clothing, and money to those in need. This is seen as a way of paying homage to the Buddha, who was known for his generosity and compassion.

Buddha Purnima is an important festival for Buddhists, and it is a time for them to come together, to celebrate the life of the Buddha, and to reflect on his teachings. It is a time to renew our commitment to living according to the principles of Buddhism, and to show our respect and gratitude to the Buddha for all that he has done.

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