5 things you didn’t know about Vesak Day

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How much do you really understand about Vesak Day? Here are some facts which you may not have known about this annual Buddhist celebration.

A day of joy, peace, and reflection, Vesak is observed by Buddhists in different parts of the world. However, it is traditionally celebrated by Buddhists in Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other South East Asian countries.

Here are 5 things about Vesak Day which you probably didn’t know.

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Inner peace and reflection are important components of Vesak Day celebrations

1. Vesak is the most significant day in the Buddhist calendar

Vesak day is the most important date in the Buddhist lunar calendar. It celebrates three major events in the life of the Buddha: his birth, his attainment of Enlightenment, and his passing into Nirvana. According to Buddhist scriptures, each of these occurred on a full moon in the lunar month of Vesak.

2. Doing good deeds is an essential part of the celebrations

On Vesak Day, Buddhists reaffirm their commitment to living a moral and compassionate lifestyle; many of them believe that performing good deeds on this particular day will multiply merit many times over. On this day, vegetarian meals are consumed and caged birds and other animals are released as a symbolic gesture of compassion. Showing kindness to those less fortunate than yourselves through acts of sharing food, blood donations, etc. are also part of the celebration. Good deeds like these, whether by individuals or temples, are known as “Dana.”

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Many Buddhists head to the temple to join others in a day of chanting and prayers

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