Vesak is the most sacred holy day of Theravada Buddhism. Also called Visakha Puja, Wesak, or Buddha Day, Vesak is an observation of the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of the historical Buddha. Mahayana Buddhists tend to separate these three events of the Buddha's life into three separate holidays. But the date of Vesak -- a full moon day that usually falls in May -- is also a common day for Mahayana Buddhists to celebrate Buddha's birthday.
The images in this gallery show the many ways Vesak is observed. It is a time for meditation and solemnity, but it's also a time for parades and parties.
|Vesak in Indonesia||Vesak in Thailand||Buddha's Birthday in South Korea||Buddha's Birthday in South Korea|
|Vesak in Indonesia||Buddha's Birthday in China||Buddha's Birthday in Nepal||Vesak in the West|
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