Buddha Purnima 2023 will be observed on May 18, 2023
Buddha Purnima, the word derived from two words Buddha and Purnima. Buddha refers to the name of Gautam Buddha and the Purnima Refers to the Full moon. Buddha Purnima 2023 will be celebrated on the birthday of Lord Buddha in the Month of Vaishak is known as Buddha Purnima.
Buddha Purnima Tithi starts at 07:07 on May 18, 2023, and ends at 06:57 on 19 May 2023. This day is celebrated as a birthdate of Gautama Buddha, his enlightenment, and death. Though it is not certain things when Gautama Buddha was born and died. According to the historian, He was born in Lumbini, Nepal. He died at the age of eighty. It is about 563 to 483 BC.
It is believed that the birthdate, enlightenment, passing day are on the same day. That’s the reason the day is celebrated almost throughout the world as a Buddha Jayanti, Vesak, Vaishaka and Buddha’s Birthday.
Buddha Purnima or Veshakh Day History
The full moon day of Vesakha, is known as the Buddha Purnima. On this day Siddhartha Gautama was born as the prince of the Kingdom of the Sakya Dynasty at the foot of the Himalayas. On the same full moon day, he achieved the Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya at the age of thirty-five. On this very full moon day he died in Kushinagara at the age of eighty. According to Buddhism, it is said Mahaparinibbana. The three great events in the great life of Lord Buddha happened on this full moon day of Vesakha. That is why the full moon day of Veshakha is also called Buddha Purnima.
To the Buddhists, this Pumima is very important. The Buddhists observe the Buddha Purnima with pomp and pleasure through various rituals and formalities. The devotees going to the monastery with offerings on Buddha Purnima The festival of Buddha Purnima starts just after the dawn with the recitation of suttas and the praising songs about Buddha along with space with the morning procession. The Buddhist temples are decorated with flowers, leaves and colorful papers after cleaning them very well on the previous day. Thus a festive mode is created.
The tribute to Buddha, group prayer, taking Pancasila and Astasila, etc. are done on the morning of the full moon day. Meals are donated to the Bhikkhu Sangha before twelve at noon which is known as Pindadana. The devotees also do meditation after taking their meal at the temple. There is a religious meeting in the afternoon. The lives, religion, philosophy of Gautama Buddha are discussed here. The offerings with candles and praising songs are done in the evening. Nowadays blood donation program is also arranged in various Buddhist Temples on this occasion. Many people committee to donate eyes after death which may help the blind to get the power of eyesight.
In the evening the devotional cultural programs are organized in many temples. The people of a different religion, as well as the Buddhists, participate especially in the religious discussion and cultural programs. Thus the social and inter-religious friendship is developed. The loving-kindness is created among each other.
The three important events of Buddha’s life that happened on the full moon day of Buddha Purnima are related to nature. These happened in the charming nature, under the open sky outside of the Palace. For example, the birth happened in the garden of Lumbini. This is at present under Nepal. The garden of Lumbini was full of trees and plants. He achieved the Enlightenment at the bottom of the Bodhi Tree (Bunyan tree) of Gaya. At present this is under the district of Gaya which is a part of the state of Bihar in India.
The great Emancipation (Mahaparinibbana) happened at the bottom of the twin tree ‘Shal’ of Kushinagara on the bank of the river Hiranyavati. That is why we should show friendship to nature also. We should not tear or cut the leaves and branches of trees unnecessarily. Everybody should take care of the trees around the school as well as the home yard. The relation of us with nature is inseparable too. Internationally this day is celebrated as the ‘Veshakh Day’.
Buddha Purnima 2023 in India
Buddha Purnima in India will be celebrated with a great festive mood. It is one of the largest public holidays in India. According to the Calendar, the date of Buddha Purnima in India is 10th May. It is almost the same in the Indian Subcontinent. Buddha Purnima holiday Bangladesh is on 19 May 2023
It is not the fixed date of observing the Buddha Jayanti. Because the date varies on the full moon. The Georgian calendar is not followed here. Buddha Jayanti is observed in the Vaishakha according to the Hindu Calendar.
Though less than one percent of people in India follow Buddhism, the festival spreads throughout India as well as another part of South Asia. It is a public holiday in some other countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, etc.
Buddha Jayanti 2023 festival
In Buddha Jayanti, Festival Goes on around the world. People celebrate the day with great respect and Fun. There are many parts of the Celebration of Buddha Purnima. I have gathered some information from online about the celebration of Buddha Jayanti.
Most of the followers start the celebration of Buddha Jayanti before the dawn. For the purpose of showing gratitude to the health, the occasion starts with physical exercise. They pray, dance and recite hymns for this occasion.
After the sun rising the Buddhist flags, which originated in Srilanka with the combination of five primary colors e.g. blue, red, white, orange, and yellow, are hosted in different places of temple and important places. The date of Buddha Purnima in 2023 is Sunday, May 12, 2023
Different Buddhist temples arranged different programs on this occasion. They donate, provide free foods to people of all ages. Special foods are served there.
In this occasion, one of the most attractive celebrations is making free the caged animal. The moral is the imprisonment of humans.
The important places of celebration Buddhists are Buddha Gaya, Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. Buddha Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha obtained enlightenment. Then he spreads the Buddhism at first Sarnath.
Buddha Purnima 2023
As like 2023, Buddha Purnima 2023 will be observed on the Full moon of Vaishak according to the Hindu Calendar. It is on 18th May 2023.
Almost all the countries of the world observe this Buddha Purnima Festival with great honor and respect. Hope, the moral of Buddha Jayanti, imprisonment of humans, will integrate with our mind. This the hope and expectation.
Images of Buddha Purnima
Here are several pictures of Buddha Purnima. These Images of Buddha Purnima will help you to wish your friends and show gratitude to the Buddha and spreading the voice of Buddhism to the people around the world
Gautam Buddha Jayanti 2023 Video
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