Buddha Purnima 2022: Celebration and Unknown Facts

Buddha Purnima 2022: Celebration and Unknown Facts

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.


Traditions of Buddha Purnima


Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism, was born in what is present-day Nepal over 3,000 years ago. There are various opinions concerning the exact dates of his birth and death, but according to Buddhist tradition, he is said to have been born April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although other Buddhist scholars place his birth five hundred years later.


Shakyamuni Buddha was the son of the king of the Shakyas, a small clan whose kingdom was located at the foothills of the Himalayas, south of what is now central Nepal, fifteen miles from Kapilavastu. Shakya of Shakyamuni is taken from the name of this tribe and muni means sage or saint. His family name was Gautama (Best Cow) and his given name was Siddhartha (Goal Achieved) though some scholars say this is a title bestowed on him by later Buddhists in honour of the enlightenment he attained.

Even though many Buddhists observe Buddha's historical birth on 8th April, the exact date remains in question. Although modern archaeological and historical research confirms that Prince Siddartha Gautama lived around this time.


On Buddha Purnima, people dress in white clothes and give out kheer as, according to legend, a woman named Sujata once offered Gautam Buddha kheer on his birthday and it has since become a tradition.


The dharma chakra or dharma wheel is a wooden wheel with eight spokes. The wheel represents Buddha's teaching on the path to enlightenment.


The eight spokes symbolize the noble eightfold path of Buddhism.


Followers of Buddhism have been celebrating Buddhist festivals for centuries, but the decision to celebrate this day formally was only taken at the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950. 

Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and attained parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he died.


This incredible human being in many ways has changed the face of this planet and continues to do so.


Let\"s us follow the path of peace and remember his teachings and embrace them everyday.

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