“VESAK”, DAY OF THE FULL MOON: MAY 13, 2014

 

DAY OF VESAK

Quick Facts

Vesak Day is a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the birth of its founder. It is usually observed on the day of the full moon in May.

Local names

Name Language
Day of Vesak English
Día de Vesak Spanish
“Vesak”, היום של הירח המלא Hebrew
بيوم فيساك Arabic
(석가 탄신일 Korean
Vesakh German

Day of Vesak 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Day of Vesak 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Millions of Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognized United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

Vesak Day celebrates Buddha’s birthday.

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Celebrate Vesak Day

The UN celebrates Vesak Day (or the Day of Vesak) with Buddhist organizations and communities worldwide. Celebrations include:

  • Cultural performances featuring song and dance.
  • Plays about Buddha’s life and teachings.
  • Public messages given by religious and community leaders.

Temples are adorned with decorations and flowers on Vesak Day. Some community groups organize acts of charity, like releasing caged animals or donating food and gifts to the poor.

Public life

Vesak Day is a global observance, as well as a public holiday in some countries, such as India.

About Vesak Day

Siddhartha Gautama, also commonly known as Buddha (enlightened one), lived in Nepal between the sixth and fourth century BCE. His teachings focused on messages about compassion, peace and goodwill. Millions around the world follow the teachings of the Buddha today. The Day of Vesak commemorates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.

In 1999 the UN recognized internationally Vesak Day to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over 2500 years. This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices and missions.

Day of Vesak Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Mon May 23 2005 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Sat May 13 2006 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Wed May 2 2007 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Tue May 20 2008 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Fri May 8 2009 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Thu May 27 2010 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Tue May 17 2011 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Sun May 6 2012 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Sat May 25 2013 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Tue May 13 2014 Day of Vesak United Nations observance
Mon Jun 1 2015 Day of Vesak United Nations observance

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