During this week, the selling of alcohol and
flesh is usually prohibited. Prisoners who are
eligible for parole are often released. Celebrations
include various religious and alms giving activities..
Homes are decorated and illuminated sparking
electric bulbs, candles and bamboo stick lanterns.
Kheeris shared by families and distributed to
the poor. Buddhists, free birds from their cages
and refrain from eating meat on this day.
thousands of devotees from Nepal and abroad
also participate in worship at Lumbini, the
birth place of Lord Buddha.
the festival is known as Saga Dasa. Devotees
visit monasteries and listening to sermons and
present gifts to the monks.
Vesak day the holiday is celebrated exclusively
on April 8th as this date, Japanese believes
to be Buddha's birthday. They place small Buddha
idols on spring flower mats and make small shrines
out of flowers. This Buddha idol is bathed in
a ritual commemorating the Buddha's birth.
on this day Buddhists irrigate the Bodhi trees.
Buddha attained enlightenment meditating under
a Bodhi tree.
the day usually starts with Prayers and chanting
Sutras. Release of small animals or caged birds
and it is symbolic of generating good karma.
Buddhaâ's birthday celebration featuring
washing Buddha image with perfumed water. The
celebrations begin before sunrise and devotees
throng the temples early at dawn to meditate.
The Ten Precepts
1. Not to kill
2. Not to steal
3. Not to engage in improper sexual activity
4. Not to indulge in wrong speech
5. Not to take intoxicating drinks and drugs
6. To abstain from taking food at unreasonable
7. To refrain from sensual pleasures such as
dancing, singing and self-adornment
8. To refrain from using high and luxurious
seats in order to practice humility.
9. To refrain from wearing scent or garlands
10. To refrain from handling gold or silver
so as not to incite greed.
Buddham Sharanam Gachami,
Dhamam Sharanam Gachami,
Sangham Sharanam Gacham
I surrender to my enlightened
I surrender to my inner
I surrender to
the collective consciousness