May is the 5th month of the year and has 31 days. For the Northern Hemisphere, May is the month of spring and summer for the Southern Hemisphere. The word May is derived from the Greek goddess Maia and in Latin, it is known as Maius. May is believed to be the month of love and success with this, an auspicious festival is celebrated in this month which symbolises love, prosperity and happiness.
Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vesak. The festival marks the birth anniversary of lord Buddha. Devotees also believe that, three major events of Buddha's life including his birth, his enlightenment and his preaching took place on this day. This year, Buddha Purnima will be celebrated on 5th May 2023, Friday.
This festival is widely celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and some other countries with different names. It is believed that Buddha was the incarnation of lord Vishnu. On this auspicious day, people offer flowers, fruits and especially a bowl of kheer (milk porridge) to Lord Buddha. Along with the rituals, the devotees also preach Buddha’s teachings, wear white clothes and avoid non-vegetarian food among other things. Buddha Purnima is a festival of love, peace and happiness.
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