Buddha Purnima around the world in 2022

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Buddha Purnima
  Dates of Buddha Purnima around the world
2023 Various May 5, Jun 3, Jun 4
BangladeshFri, May 5National Holiday
CambodiaFri, May 5National Holiday
India May 5, Jun 4
SikkimSun, Jun 4Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, May 5Regional Holiday
AssamFri, May 5Regional Holiday
BiharFri, May 5Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, May 5Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, May 5Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, May 5Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, May 5Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, May 5Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, May 5Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, May 5Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, May 5Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, May 5Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, May 5Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, May 5Regional Holiday
LaoFri, May 5National Holiday
MacauFri, May 5National Holiday
MongoliaFri, May 5National Holiday
MyanmarFri, May 5National Holiday
NepalFri, May 5National Holiday
SingaporeFri, May 5National Holiday
ThailandSat, Jun 3National Holiday
2022 Various May 8, May 9, May 15, May 16, Jun 14
BangladeshMon, May 16National Holiday
CambodiaSun, May 15National Holiday
India May 16, Jun 14
SikkimTue, Jun 14Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshMon, May 16Regional Holiday
AssamMon, May 16Regional Holiday
BiharMon, May 16Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, May 16Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, May 16Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, May 16Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, May 16Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, May 16Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, May 16Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, May 16Regional Holiday
MizoramMon, May 16Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, May 16Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, May 16Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, May 16Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, May 16Regional Holiday
Macau May 8, May 9
MacauMon, May 9Government Holiday (in lieu)
MacauSun, May 8National Holiday
MongoliaTue, Jun 14National Holiday
MyanmarMon, May 16National Holiday
NepalMon, May 16National Holiday
SingaporeMon, May 16National Holiday (in lieu)
ThailandMon, May 16National Holiday
2021 Various Apr 26, May 19, May 25, May 26
BangladeshWed, May 26National Holiday
CambodiaMon, Apr 26National Holiday
India May 26
Arunachal PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
AssamWed, May 26Regional Holiday
BiharWed, May 26Regional Holiday
ChandigarhWed, May 26Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, May 26Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, May 26Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, May 26Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, May 26Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, May 26Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, May 26Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, May 26Regional Holiday
LaoWed, May 26National Holiday
MacauWed, May 19National Holiday
MongoliaWed, May 26National Holiday
MyanmarTue, May 25National Holiday
NepalWed, May 26National Holiday
SingaporeWed, May 26National Holiday
ThailandWed, May 26National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 30, May 6, May 7, Jun 5
BangladeshThu, May 7National Holiday
CambodiaWed, May 6National Holiday
India May 7, Jun 5
SikkimFri, Jun 5Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshThu, May 7Regional Holiday
AssamThu, May 7Regional Holiday
BiharThu, May 7Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, May 7Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, May 7Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, May 7Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, May 7Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, May 7Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, May 7Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, May 7Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, May 7Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, May 7Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, May 7Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, May 7Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, May 7Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, May 7Regional Holiday
LaoWed, May 6National Holiday
MacauThu, Apr 30National Holiday
MongoliaFri, Jun 5National Holiday
MyanmarWed, May 6National Holiday
NepalThu, May 7National Holiday
SingaporeThu, May 7National Holiday
ThailandWed, May 6National Holiday
2019 Various May 12, May 13, May 18, May 19, May 20
BangladeshSat, May 18National Holiday
CambodiaSat, May 18National Holiday
India May 18, May 19
Arunachal PradeshSun, May 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, May 19Regional Holiday
AssamSat, May 18Regional Holiday
BiharSat, May 18Regional Holiday
DelhiSat, May 18Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSat, May 18Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSat, May 18Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSat, May 18Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSat, May 18Regional Holiday
MizoramSat, May 18Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, May 18Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, May 18Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, May 18Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSat, May 18Regional Holiday
West BengalSat, May 18Regional Holiday
LaoMon, May 20National Holiday (in lieu)
Macau May 12, May 13
MacauMon, May 13Government Holiday
MacauSun, May 12National Holiday
MyanmarSat, May 18National Holiday
NepalSat, May 18National Holiday
Singapore May 19, May 20
SingaporeMon, May 20National Holiday
SingaporeSun, May 19National Holiday
ThailandMon, May 20National Holiday (in lieu)

Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana

  Which countries observe Buddha Purnima in 2022?
  BangladeshMay 16National Holiday
  CambodiaMay 15National Holiday
  IndiaMay 16, Jun 14Regional Holiday
  MacauMay 8National Holiday
  MacauMay 9Government Holiday (in lieu)
  MongoliaJun 14National Holiday
  MyanmarMay 16National Holiday
  NepalMay 16National Holiday
  SingaporeMay 16National Holiday (in lieu)
  ThailandMay 16National Holiday

When is Buddha Purnima?

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.

The exact date of Vesak is the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May.

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.

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 Gotama lived around this time.

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

The dharmacakra or dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during Vesak. It 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.

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