Apr 24, 2012

Vesak Day 2012 In Southeast Asia

Vesak Day 2012
Traditionally observed by Buddhists in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, Vesak Day is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The holiday is often referred to as Buddha’s Birthday, or Buddha Day, and is celebrated in honor of the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.


When Is It?

Vesak Day 2012 Photo
This year’s Vesak Day 2012 lands on May 5th, 2012. The date of the holiday depends on the calendar that each country is operating on. On the Chinese calendar, the holiday lands on the eight of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. On the Buddhist calendar, the holiday falls on a full moon day, usually during the 5th or 6th lunar month of the year. For countries on the Gregorian calendar, Vesak day is most commonly celebrated in April or May.


The Birth, The Enlightenment The Passing

Vesak Day 2012 Image
Though the holiday is often referred to as “Buddha’s Birthday,” it celebrates the entire life cycle of Gautaum Buddha. As with most Buddhist holidays, Vesak Day is a culturation celebration that is commemorated differently throughout the world. The core tenets of the holiday are to spread happiness to all, and pay respects to the Buddha. Meditation on the Eight Precepts, vegetarian meals, and the bathing of the Buddha are all standard celebratory rituals on Vesak Day.

Regional Names For Vesak Day
Vesak Day, or Waisek Day is called by many different names throughout the world. Here are some of the regional names and pronunciations for this nearly universal holiday.

Bangladesh: Bud-dho Purnyima or Bud-dho Joyonti
Cambodia: Vesak Bochea
Chinese-speaking areas: Fó Dàn (佛誕) or Fāt Dàahn
Nepal: Buddha Purnima (बुद्ध पुर्णिमा) or Buddha Jayanti (बुद्ध जयंती)
Indonesia: Waisak
Japan: Hanamatsuri (花祭)
Korea: Seokka Tanshin-il (석가 탄신일, 釋迦誕身日)
Laos: Vixakha Bouxa
Malaysia: Hari Wesak
Myanmar (Burma): Kason Full Moon Day
Sri Lanka: Wesak
Thailand: Wisakha Bucha or Visakah Puja (วิสาขบูชา)
Tibet: Saga Dawa (*ས་ག་ཟླ་བ། )
Vietnam: Phật Đản


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