Buddha Jayenti (Buddha Purnima)
The full moon during the month of May is celebrated as Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima or Baishakh Purnima or Vesak Day around the world. Lord Sakyamuni Buddha was born on Purnima meaning full moon in Sanskrit, of Baishakh, the first month of Nepali calendar in 623 BC, got enlightenment on Baisakha Purnima of 588 BC and passed away on Baishakh Purnima of 543 BC. This auspicious day is therefore a Trisamyoga (threefold blessed) and is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary, the day of enlightenment and the day of Mahaparinirvana (passing) of Lord Sakymuni Buddha. The event is celebrated enthusiastically but in a gentle manner, keeping in mind the Buddha’s teaching of peace and compassion. People go to viharas, stupas and shrines to pay homage to Lord Sakymuni Buddha by offering prayers and recite Buddhist sutras. Kheer (rice pudding) is served to recall the story of Sujata, who offered Lord Sakyamuni Buddha a bowl of Kheer to give up extreme austerity that eventually helped him get enlightened.