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Home >> Life style >> Buddah's Birthday

Buddah's Birthday

The Buddha is revered throughout the Far East. His iconic image has been accepted in the West as synonomous with peace serenity and tranquility. 

The birthday of the historical Buddha is celebrated on different dates by various schools of Buddhism. In most of Asia it is observed on the first full moon date of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar (typically May).

Whatever the date, Buddha's Birthday is a time for hanging lanterns and enjoying communal meals. Joyous parades of musicians, dancers, floats, and dragons are common throughout Asia.

The Birthday of Lord Buddha is a celebration of great reverence in Hong Kong's Buddhist temples. Worshippers show their devotion throughout the day by bathing Buddha's statue. Celebrations centre round the major monasteries in Hong Kong. Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home to the world's largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha, draws the biggest crowds at this time. Visitors can participate in the bathing ceremony and enjoy sumptuous Chinese vegetarian dishes at the monastery.