Buddha Purnima: Birth day of the great father of humanity
Buddha Purnima is a holiday observed traditionally in many countries by Buddhists on different ways. The countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Tibet, India and other South East Asian countries celebrate the festival in a religious way. Informally, the day is called as Buddha’s birthday, but in fact it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and the death of the holy spirit of Goutam Buddha. The exact date of this festival is based on the Asian Lunisolar calendar, but primarily celebrated in the month of Vaisakha, according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar.
Essence of Buddhist and Buddha Purnima:
Nepal is the birth country of Buddha and here the Buddha Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month every year. According to astrology, Buddha Purnima falls on the fifth and sixth lunar month and Purnima symbolizes the full moon in Sanskrit. In the year 1950, the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka where the decision to agree to celebrate Buddha Purnima was formalized and till the date the centuries-old tradition is driven by Buddhist. Truly, the man deserves a public holiday in an honor that is universally highly praised and applauded as one of the greatest humanity benefactors who is none other than Buddha.
On the eve of Buddha Purnima, the Buddhists across worldwide commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all the traditions. This gives people a strong believe that Buddha is still residing in the people’s heart. Before leaving us in the depth sorrows, Buddha taught and shows us the pathways through which one can solve the real time complications easily and that is the “Meditation”.
Celebrating the day
Based on the lunar observance, different countries celebrated this festival in different dates. For example, in May 2007 Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Cambodia celebrated the Buddha Purnima on the 1st may while Thailand & Singapore celebrated the eve on 31st of May. This difference is mainly due to the presence of different local lunar observance. In this festive day, followers and devout Buddhists are alike anticipated and asked for assembling in their respective temples before dawn for the ceremonial.
Devout person may bring simple offerings of joss-sticks, flowers and candles to put down at the feet of their GURU or TEACHER, Statue of Buddha. These things are the symbolic offerings that are having great significance like flower symbolizes the beautification whereas joss-sticks and candles symbolize the life. Candles and joss-sticks has no eternity, likewise life is subject to destruction and decoy.