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Vaisakh Purnima

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

 Context: The Ministry of Culture along with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) celebrated the auspicious day of Vaisakh Purnima.


Vaishakh Buddha Purnima (also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti):

  • It is the most sacred day of the year for Buddhists all over the world as it marks the three main events of Lord Buddha’s life
    • Birth (564 BC, Lumbini Province, Nepal),
    • Enlightenment [Siddhartha became a Buddha (“enlightened one”)], and
    • Mahaparinirvana [Kushinagar (India) is said to be the place of death of Gautama Buddha].
  • Since 1999 it has also been recognised by the United Nations as the ‘UN Day of Vesak’.
  • This year the Vaishakh Buddha Purnima is being celebrated on 5th May.
  • The festival falls on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Vaishakh (April or May)