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Thu, May 23

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Vesak

Vesak May 23, celebrates Buddha’s birth, along with his enlightenment and death in some traditions. The holiday has been officially celebrated since 1950, when the World Fellowship of Buddhists formalized it as Buddha’s birthday.

Vesak
Vesak

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May 23, 2024, 12:00 AM

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About the event

Vesak, also known as Wesak, Sanskrit Vaishakha, and Pali Vesakha, is one of the most important Buddhist festivals, as it celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Buddha to Nirvana. The date of the holiday changes depending on when the full moon falls in the lunar month of Vesakha, usually in April or May. Devotees spend the day in services and practicing deeds and rules set by Buddha, such as distributing food or releasing birds from captivity.

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