Recognized as most important memorial day in Buddhism,
The Visakhapuja Day reminds Buddhists the important
of Lord Buddha's teachings, both spiritually and socially.
The day marks the same day - the full moon night of
the sixth lunar month - when Lord Buddha was born into
this world, attained enlightenment 35 years later, and
passed away when he was 80.
Day is recognized by the UNESCO on December 13, 1999
as "World Heritage Day".
BUCHA (Vesak) means the worship of the Buddha on the
full moon day of the sixth lunar month. It usually falls
in May. In the case of a year with an extra eighth lunar
month--Adhikamasa (there are 13 full moons in that year)--
the Visakhapuja Day falls on the full moon day of the
seventh lunar month.
The Vesak full moon day
(The full moon day of Sixth lunar month)
Day is one of the most important days in Buddhism because
of three important incidents in the life of The Buddha,
i.e. the birth, the enlightenment and the passing away,
miraculously fall on the same month and date, the Vesak
full moon day. So each year, Buddhists throughout the
world gather together to perform the worship to recollect
the wisdom, purity and compassion of the Buddha.
ACTIVITIES TO BE OBSERVED ON
THE VISAKHAPUJA DAY
BOON': Making merit by going to temples for special
observances, making merit, listening to Dhamma preaching,
giving some donations and join in the other Buddhist
'RUB SIL': Keeping the
Five Precepts, including abstinence from alcoholic drinks
and all kinds of immoral acts.
'TUK BARD': Offering food
to the monks and novices (in the alm bowl).
Practice of renuciation: Observe the Eight Precepts,
practice of meditation and mental discipline, stay in
the temple, wearing white robes, for a number of days.
VIEN TIEN': Attending the
Candle Light Procession around the Uposatha Hall, in
the evening of the Vesak full moon day.