Buddha Purnima 2023: Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak, Buddha Day, and Buddha Jayanti, is observed annually to commemorate Siddhartha Gautama or Gautama Buddha’s birthday. The holiday is observed throughout most of East and South Asia.
According to history, Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, between 563 and 483 BCE. The date of Buddha Purnima is determined by the Asian lunisolar calendar, which typically falls in April or May on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Vaisakha. Buddha Purnima 2023 will be observed this year on Friday, May 5. On this auspicious day, Buddhists from all over the world perform puja and visit sacred shrines to offer prayers to Lord Buddha.
As we prepare to commemorate Buddha Purnima 2023, here is everything you need to know about the auspicious day’s date, tithi timings, and significance. Calendar of May Holidays and Major Festivals and Events in 2023.
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Buddha Purnima 2023 Date
On Friday, May 5, 2023, Buddha Purnima will be observed.
Buddha Purnima 2023 Tithi Timings
The Buddha Purnima Tithi will begin on May 4, 2023, at 11:44 PM and end on May 5, 2023, at 11:03 PM.
Buddha Purnima Significance
Buddha Purnima is a significant event for the Buddhist community, as it commemorates the birthday of their spiritual teacher, Siddhartha Gautama, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. On this day, it is claimed that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddha is considered the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Northern India, while Lord Krishna is the eighth. In South Indian belief, Buddha is never considered an Avatar of Vishnu.
According to historical documents, Buddha spent seven weeks under a Bodhi tree until he attained enlightenment or Nirvana. Buddha’s birth is celebrated in South and Southeast Asia as part of Vesak, a festival that also commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment (on the day of the full moon) and death. In East Asia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the Buddha’s enlightenment and death are celebrated as distinct festivals.