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Every year in May, near the day of the full moon, Vesak or Buddha's birthday is celebrated. It's the most important day in the Buddhist calendar.
Each Buddhist culture and country has its own traditions for the day, but it is celebrated across Asia such as - India, Thailand, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and more. Many Buddhists will go to their local temple and some might even stay there throughout the day and night of the full moon. Many will increase the doing of good deeds, take part in chanting and meditation, reflect on Buddhist teachings, bring offerings to the temple and share food with people.
Families may decorate their homes with lanterns, take part in processions and wear special white clothes to mark the occasion. Friends and family may also send cards to each other.
A ceremony called Bathing the Buddha may also be held, when water is poured over the shoulders of the Buddha to remind people to clear their minds of negative thoughts like greed and hatred.
Please join us in Tulsa on Friday, May 24th to celebrate Vesak - Buddha's Birthday - at at 2 hour meditation retreat, 6 - 9 pm.