Gautam Buddha Purnima 2024 Date and Time- Buddha Day or Vesak festival

Updated On: 24-May-2024

Gautam Buddha

It is believed that according to the Hindu calendar, Gautam Buddha was born on the full moon day of the month of Vaishakh and attained enlightenment on this day. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated by followers of both Hindu and Buddhist religions. There are many joint temples in India and the world dedicated to Lord Buddha and Vishnu.

Buddha Purnima 2024 Date And Time

Vaishakhi Purnima or Buddha Purnima is on Thu, May 23, 2024.

Buddha Purnima or Vesak Festival

The Vaishakh month's full moon is known as Vaishakhi Purnima, Peepal Purnima, or Buddha Purnima. According to the Vedas, Vaishakh Purnima is the most auspicious of all. Every month, the full moon is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu, the world's custodian.

Lord Buddha is thought to be Lord Vishnu's eighth incarnation. Those who obtained enlightenment on this auspicious occasion under the Bodhi tree in the holy pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

Vaishakh month is regarded as a sacred month. As a result, thousands of devotees gain virtue by washing and contributing in sacred pilgrimage sites. Bathing in the sacred waters on the full moon day is regarded especially auspicious.

There are different ways of celebrating Buddha Purnima around the world. Let us know the general tradition of the festival.

  • On this full moon day, kheer is made in every house and offerings of kheer are offered to Lord Buddha. After attaining enlightenment, Gautam Buddha broke his fast after drinking kheer.
  • Buddhist temples are very well decorated on these days and Buddhist prayers are organized there.
  • Prayers and dance are performed by gathering at the place of worship before sunrise. In some places, Buddha Purnima is also celebrated with parades and physical exercises.
  • On the day of Buddha Purnima, after sunrise, the Buddhist flag is hoisted at temples and religious places. This flag is blue, red, white, yellow and orange. The color red symbolizes blessings, white the purity of religion, orange the wisdom, and yellow the escape from difficult situations.
  • Donating on the occasion of Buddha Purnima also has special significance. Many Buddhist temples celebrate this festival by providing free facilities to the people.
  • On the day of Buddha Purnima, some people also celebrate by releasing caged birds and other animals.

  • Sri Lankans celebrate this day as 'Vesak' festival which is a corruption of the word 'Vaisakh'.
  • On this day lamps are lit in Buddhist houses and houses are decorated with flowers.
  • Followers of Buddhism from all over the world come to Bodh Gaya and offer prayers.
  • The scriptures of Buddhism are recited continuously. Incense sticks are lit in 11. temples and homes. Fruits and flowers are offered to the idol and worship is done by lighting a lamp.
  • Bodhi tree of Gaya is worshipped. Necklaces and colorful flags are decorated on its branches. Milk and scented water are poured into the roots. Lamps are lit around the tree.
  • Non-vegetarian is avoided on this day because Buddha was against animal violence.
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  • Good deeds done on this day bring virtue. Therefore, people do any virtuous work in their own way.
  • Food and clothes are given to the poor.
  • The Delhi Museum takes out the ashes of Buddha on this day so that Buddhists can come and pray there.