“Vesak” the Day of the Full Moon


Date: On the full moon of the month of Vesakha (in May or in June)

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


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Background

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.


Actions and Programs

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 includes 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.


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