Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak, is a Buddhist holiday celebrating Gautama Buddha's life. It is observed on the day of the full moon in May.
This day is spent in the Buddhist temples where monks speak and cite verses. A Buddha baby statue is placed in a basin of water with flowers. Pouring water over the statue symbolizes a new and pure beginning. It is a gazetted holiday - government offices, banks, and post offices are closed.
Vesak was first celebrated in 1950 as Buddha's birthday from the World Fellowship of Buddhists conference. Buddha was a spiritual teacher of influence in India in the past as well as the present.
India Major Holidays:
Date of Buddha Purnima - Vesak
2015 - Monday, May 4
2016 - Saturday, May 21
2017 - Wednesday, May 10
2018 - Monday, April 30
2019 - Saturday, May 18
2020 - Thursday, May 7
Provides calendars for the calendar year for India.