Buddha Purnima in India in 2020

Buddha Purnima in India in 2020
Wooden statue of the Buddha – Sidhartha Gautama. Image via Libreshot
  How long until Buddha Purnima?
This holiday next takes place in 167 days.
  Dates of Buddha Purnima in India
2021 May 26
Arunachal PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
AssamWed, May 26Regional Holiday
BiharWed, May 26Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, May 26Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, May 26Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, May 26Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, May 26Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, May 26Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, May 26Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, May 26Regional Holiday
2020 May 7
Arunachal PradeshThu, May 7Regional Holiday
AssamThu, May 7Regional Holiday
BiharThu, 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
2019 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
TripuraSat, May 18Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, May 18Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSat, May 18Regional Holiday
West BengalSat, May 18Regional Holiday
2018 Apr 30
Arunachal PradeshMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Apr 30Regional Holiday
2017 May 10
Arunachal PradeshWed, May 10Regional Holiday
AssamWed, May 10Regional Holiday
BiharWed, May 10Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, May 10Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, May 10Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, May 10Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, May 10Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, May 10Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, May 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, May 10Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, May 10Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, May 10Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, May 10Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, May 10Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, May 10Regional Holiday
  Summary
Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana
  Buddha Purnima in other countries
Buddha Purnima internationally
  Which regions observe Buddha Purnima in 2020?
Arunachal Pradesh  Arunachal PradeshMay 7Regional Holiday
Assam  AssamMay 7Regional Holiday
Bihar  BiharMay 7Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh  ChhattisgarhMay 7Regional Holiday
Delhi  DelhiMay 7Regional Holiday
Himachal Pradesh  Himachal PradeshMay 7Regional Holiday
Jammu and Kashmir  Jammu and KashmirMay 7Regional Holiday
Jharkhand  JharkhandMay 7Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh  Madhya PradeshMay 7Regional Holiday
Maharashtra  MaharashtraMay 7Regional Holiday
Mizoram  MizoramMay 7Regional Holiday
Tripura  TripuraMay 7Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh  Uttar PradeshMay 7Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand  UttarakhandMay 7Regional Holiday
West Bengal  West BengalMay 7Regional Holiday
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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.

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 India 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.

Buddha Purnima in India

Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Day, Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, is a very popular festival in India and is much more than just a gazetted holiday. The day is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. The festival holds special importance in Nepal and India both as Lord Buddha was born in the Lumbini region of Nepal and he attained salvation in Kushinagar of India.

In Hinduism, Lord Buddha is considered as the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and hence the day is celebrated with great zeal and much fervour.

In India, Buddha Purnima is a holiday in Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Miizoram, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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