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The main Buddhist Festival celebrating the Birth, Enlightenment and Death of The Buddha

helen barron

on 2 March 2011

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Transcript of Wesak

an example of the lanterns What is Wesak?
Buddha Day / Wesak / Vaisakha is the main Buddhist celebration. It celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. The festival is celebrated with a lot of colour. Homes are decorated and lanterns are made of paper or wood. Buddhists also visit their local temples for services and teachings, and give offerings(flowers, fruit, incense or candles) to monks. When is Wesak?

The exact date varies as it is calculated on the lunar calendars used in many countries. Wesak is usually May (full moon day). This year 2011 Wesak is on the 13-15 of May. The Different Names for Wesak!
In the UK and other Western countries, Wesak is often called Buddha Day. In Thailand, the Wesak festival is called Vaisakha. Other names for wesak includes: Vesak, Wesak, Visakah Puja, Vaishaka, Buddha Purnima, Visakha Bucha, Saga Dawa and Araw Ni Buddha Wesak The Lunar Calendar

The twelve months of the lunar year correspond to the following calender months and make up the six seasons (Ritu) :
1.Chaitra (March-April)
2.Vaishakh (April-May) ............... Vasanta Ritu (Spring)
3.Jyeshta (May-June)
4.Aashaadh (June-July) ............... Greeshma (Summer)
5.Sharaavan (July-August)
6.Bhadrapad (August-September) ......... Varsha (Monsoon)
7.Ashwin (September-October)
8.Kaartik (October-November) ......... Sharad (Autumn)
9.Margasheersh (November-December)
10.Paush (December-January) ......... Hemanta (Winter)
11.Maagh (January-February)
12.Phalgun (February-March) ........... Shishira (Dewey) The End This Project Was By Helen Barron
The Growth of Buddhism
Buddhism values love, wisdom, goodness, calm, and self-control. Buddhists believe that The Buddha and his teachings should be honored, that people should try to end suffering, that they should follow the Eightfold Path. Today, Buddhism is a major world religion. There are over 300 million Buddhists in the world. By the way wesak is actually pronounced vesak The Eightfold Path
The Eightfold Path
The eightfold path is for all people as to how they should live their life if they want to end suffering as set out by Siddhartha Gautama My Research on Wesak
Most of my reasearch came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesak
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