The birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama is a holiday
traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism.
While the date of this holiday varies depending on sect, April 8 marks
the birth of the Buddha for many Buddhists.
When Japan changed from the traditional lunar calendar, Japanese
Buddhists adopted April 8 as the official date to mark the
Buddha’s birth and the celebration referred to as
hanamatsuri, or “flower festival,” occurring when
the sakura (cherry blossom trees) bloom.
Day of the 4th Month
In all east Asian countries, except Japan beginning in 1873, Buddha's
Birthday is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month on the Chinese
lunar calendar. The
from April to June on
the Gregorian calendar.
an official holiday in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea.
2017 celebration dates outside Japan:
May 3 Hong
Kong, India, Macau, Myanmarand South Korea, Sri-Lanka
May 10 Nepal
May 14 Taiwan
South Koreans celebrate Buddha's Birthday with a week-long festiival
marked by colourful displays and ceremonies at temples.
Special activities often include a procession of Buddha images
children dressed as Buddhist deities as part of the displays. Monks
lead some parades and everyone is free to attend the
temples to pay their respects and join in with the prayers and chanting.
Buddha’s birthday (Buddha Jayanti) falls on the first full
the first month of the Hindu lunar calendar, and is celebrated by
Hindus as well as Buddhists. It is observed at Buddhist shrines and
monasteries throughout Nepal, but a particularly grand ceremony is held
at Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, on the Terai.
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