Happy Vesak Day

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Happy Vesak Day

Post by Ananda26 » Tue May 13, 2014 1:20 pm

Happy Vesak Day


The full moon day in May is the anniversary of Buddha's birth, gaining enlightenment, and final Nibbana. This year the actual moon day in May is scheduled on May 14.

There are activities scheduled around the world to celebrate Vesak and you can do a google.com search to learn more about the Vesak activities closest to you.

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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Hickersonia » Tue May 13, 2014 3:08 pm

May your observation of Vesak be pleasant and fruitful, friend, whether you observe tomorrow or today, or last weekend (as my Vietnamese friends did).

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Are you doing anything special for the occasion?
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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Crazy cloud » Tue May 13, 2014 3:41 pm

been there done that .. :)

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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Kwaingo » Thu May 15, 2014 3:11 am

Yes, Happy Vesak Day. Nice to have a day off, no?

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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Kasina » Thu May 15, 2014 5:29 am

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa.
Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Rightly Self-awakened One.


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Happy Vesak all. :group:
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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Mkoll » Thu May 15, 2014 5:58 am

Kwaingo wrote:Yes, Happy Vesak Day. Nice to have a day off, no?
Is Vesak Day a work-free holiday in some countries?
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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Kwaingo » Thu May 15, 2014 7:50 am

In Theravada Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar) it is a government holiday (schools, banks, govt. offices are closed).

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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Mkoll » Thu May 15, 2014 8:52 pm

Kwaingo wrote:In Theravada Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar) it is a government holiday (schools, banks, govt. offices are closed).
Is it comparable in importance to the Christmas-New Year holidays in the West, in terms of amount of celebrating and hype?
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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Kwaingo » Fri May 16, 2014 11:31 am

Not so, at least here in Thailand people just consider it as a day off. Old people and the very religious go to the monastery to make merit, listen to a dhamma talk or whatever, otherwise you'd never even know it was a Buddhist holiday other than 7-11 won't sell beer or alcohol. The biggest holiday here is Songkran, Thai new year, similar to Christmas in the west, though hardly Buddhist in practice anymore, mostly getting pissed and throwing water at people.

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Re: Happy Vesak Day

Post by Ananda26 » Sat May 17, 2014 1:26 pm

Mkoll wrote:
Kwaingo wrote:In Theravada Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar) it is a government holiday (schools, banks, govt. offices are closed).
Is it comparable in importance to the Christmas-New Year holidays in the West, in terms of amount of celebrating and hype?
One Vesak I went to the temple in Sri Lanka and a monk was giving a Vesak talk to a large number of people.

In the United States I was invited to give a Vesak talk to my Vietnamese friends around Vesak time.

In a Bangkok, Thailand there were a large number of booths or tents set up in the field a close walk from the Royal Palace around Vesak time. There was a little feature movie in 3D about Buddha's enlightenment.

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