Buddha Purnima is being celebrated today.

According to Buddhist legends, Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama on the Baisakh full moon day in 563 BC at Lumbini in Nepal. His birth anniversary is also known as Vaisakhi Buddha Purnima or Vesak.  

The full moon day, Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day for Buddhists.

Prince Siddhartha was born at Lumbini Grove on the full moon day of  Baisakh month of the Buddhist calendar and the Bikram Sambat Hindu calendar, he attained enlightenment under the shade of the Bodhi tree and became Gotama Buddha at Bodh Gaya also on the same full moon day and after 45 years of teaching the Truth, when he was eighty, he passed away at Kusinara on the very same full moon day.

This day is commemorated by Buddhists all over the world and is a major festival in countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.

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