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Vesak Day, also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Day, is a significant celebration in the Buddhist calendar honoring the birth, enlightenment, and passing away (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha – the founder of Buddhism. It is considered the most essential event for Buddhists worldwide and encourages individuals to reiterate their commitment to Buddhist teachings and values. The Observance traditionally involves acts of goodwill, kindness, and sharing, combined with prayer, meditation, and listening to sermons.
The celebration of Vesak Day traces back to the first Buddhist Council held approximately three months following Buddha's death. In New Zealand, it carries particular meaning for the thriving community of Buddhists, representing various traditions including Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The Observance not only provides an opportunity to reflect on the essence of Buddhism but also serves to promote harmony, peace, and cultural understanding among the diverse population of New Zealand.
In New Zealand, Vesak Day is typically celebrated with a wide range of activities, including exhibitions, carnivals, cultural performances, and vegetarian food fairs. These activities promote Buddha's messages of love, peace, and non-violence. Devotees can also be seen visiting temples to offer prayers, meditate, and donate to local charities. Although the specific date of Vesak Day varies based on the lunisolar Buddhist calendar, it generally falls in April or May. In some years in New Zealand, it may coincide with the full moon day, which is traditionally considered sacred by Buddha's followers.
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