Basic Information about Budha Purnima
Vesak is also known as Buddha Purnima is celebrated each year, on the full moon of the month of Vesakha (usually falling in May or June). This year it falls on 7 May 2020.
Observed on: On the full moon of the month of Vesakha (in May or in June) (May 26, 2021)
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 1999 (UN Resolution)
About “Vesak” the Day of the Full Moon
Vesak is also known as Buddha Purnima. It is the birth of Gautama Buddha the founder of Buddhism. This day is celebrated each year, on the full moon of the month of Vesakha (usually falling in May or June).
In 1999, the United Nations resolved to internationally observe the day of Vesak.
Activities and Programs on “Vesak” the Day of the Full Moon
Many programs and activities are conducted around the world to mark this day. Devout Buddhists and followers alike assemble in their various temples before dawn for the ceremonial and honorable hoisting of the Buddhist flag and the singing of hymns in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples).
Other programs include cultural performances featuring song and dance, shows films about Buddha’s life and teachings, public messages given by religious and community leaders, activities of charity like donating food and gifts to poor, etc.