Vesak (Buddha's Day) Date in the current year: May 21, 2016

Vesak (Buddha's Day) Vesak (also known as Vesakha, Wesak, Buddha Purnima, Buddha's Day, Buddha Jayanti) is one of the most important Buddhist holidays. It is sometimes referred to as Buddha's birthday, but Vesak actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha.

The date of Vesak is based on lunisolar calendars used in Asian countries. It is primarily observed on the full moon of the month of Vaisakha in the Buddhist calendar and the Hindu calendar, which typically falls in April, May or sometimes June in the Gregorian calendar. Due to the differences between local Asian calendars, Asian countries may celebrate it on different days depending on their local lunar observance.

On Vesak, Buddhists across the world assemble in temples to commemorate the most significant milestones of Gautama Buddha's life: his birth, nirvana (enlightenment) and parinirvana (death). They raise the Buddhist flag and sing hymns, praising Buddha, his teachings and his disciples. The devotees also bring simple symbolic offerings and listen to talks given by monks.

In some countries, Vesak is a public non-working holiday, when thousands of people gather in Buddhist temples to celebrate the life of Gautama Buddha. The ceremonies are held nationwide to mark this significant holiday.

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