Kathmandu, May 18 : Buddha Poornima was celebrated across Nepal on Saturday.The day falls on Baishakh Shukla Poornima as per the lunar calendar, which is a full moon day. The day has a special significance to Nepali people, especially to the Buddhist and Hindu communities, who mark the day as a festival.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli his spouse Radhika Shakya among other officials took part in a rally organised by the government of Province 5 on the occasion of 2,563rd Buddha Jayanti and the beginning of Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS, in Lumbini, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Government of Province 5, where Lumbini is situated, is organised variety of programmes to mark the Buddha Jayanti. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached Lumbini on Friday evening to participate in the events planned for the day, while President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to reach there today to attend various programmes.The Prime Minister also visited the Tilaurakot palace premises and lit lamps in Lumbini.
Buddha, a teacher and a philosopher, is believed to have received his enlightenment in Bodha Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar, following which he started sharing his knowledge with his disciples. Birth of Buddha is also celebrated across south-east Asia including India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar among other nations. The day might differ in different countries depending on their calendars and is also commonly known as Vesak.Those celebrating visit Buddhist monasteries and shrines to worship Lord Buddha, who is believed to be the epitome of peace, based on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.
Gautam Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautam, was born a prince to King Suddhodana of the Shakya dynasty of Tilaurakot — which is located in Kapilvastu, Nepal — and Queen Maya Devi. The queen is known to have given birth to Buddha in Lumbini on her way to her maternal home in Devdaha, which falls in Rupandehi district of Nepal. UNi