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Here is why you should celebrate Buddha Purnima

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Buddha Purnima or Vesak as it is popularly known as, commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, and is celebrated all across the world with immense excitement and aplomb. The founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha, was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal in and around 563 BC. The festival falls on the full moon day of the month of Baisakh, and falls some time in the month of April or May as per the Gregorian calendar.
On this day, Buddhists residing in different parts of the world unite in their participation and celebration. Traditionally a holiday, the day is marked by Buddhists coming together and donating alms or offering prayers at temples. Along with the birth anniversary of Buddha, the day also celebrates his achievement of nirvana.
Importance of Buddha Purnima
Buddha Purnima is called so in India because this auspicious day falls on the full moon day. On the full moon day of Vaishakha, the lunar month corresponds to the month of April-May. In India, Buddha is considered as the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Buddha achieved enlightenment and nirvana salvation on the same day.
In India, a large fair is held in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The relics of the Buddha are taken out for public display in a procession. The day is also marked by prayers and festivities in Gaya and Kushinagar UP and across India, especially in Sikkim, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, North Bengal Kalimpong, Darjeeling, and Kurseong. Many Hindus believe Buddha to be the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.