Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Wesak (or Vesak)

Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is celebrated on the full moon in May. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his birth and death.

In a resolution passed by the United Nation’s General Assembly in December 1999, it was decided to celebrate the thrice-sacred day of Vesak in the month of May. The first celebration was held back in the year 2000 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Subsequently, the celebrations for the United Nations Day of Vesak were successfully held in Bangkok, Thailand since 2004.

This Year the celebrations are taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam from the 13th. to the 17th. of this Month.

In the U.K. the full moon for May falls on the 20th. .... so a week to go!

"Burma: it can't wait" day fourteen with Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh

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