Buddha Purnima honours the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It is considered to be the holiest occasion for Buddhists all over the world. This year, it will be celebrated on May 16. According to the Hindu calendar, this event takes place on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh.
Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Jayanti, is observed in various ways all across Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, Japan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, and other South Asian countries. The auspicious occasion is celebrated with zeal and vigour. Devotees travel to various monasteries and Buddhist temples to pray and learn from Buddha’s teachings.