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Buddha Purnima is a Buddhist festival which celebrates the birth of Gautam Buddha. He was the founder of Buddhism. His real name was Siddhartha Gautam and he was born in Lumbini. Buddhism is a major religion in the world.

This festival is celebrated in different countries in different ways. In India, Buddhist people go to a monastery, include prayer meets, sermons, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation etc. They wear white clothes and eat sweet rice kheer.

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In China, people remember Buddha by lighting incense and offering food to the monks. They also wash the statue of Buddha in temples and light lanterns. In Japan, this festival is celebrated on 8th April every year. People pour ama-cha (herbal tea) on small statues of Buddha and decorate it with flowers. Those small statues are known as baby Buddha.

Buddha Purnima is a festival which celebrates the teachings of Gautam Buddha. His birthday reminds us of his philosophy which was to live a pure and simple life. It reminds us of non- violence which influenced Gandhiji very much.

Question on Buddha Purnima

What happens on Buddha Purnima?

This festival is celebrated in different countries in different ways. In India, Buddhist people go to a monastery, include prayer meets, sermons, recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation etc. They wear white clothes and eat sweet rice kheer.

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Why is Buddha Purnima important?

Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth, death and the enlightenment of Lord Buddha on the same day. Budhha is the symbol of peace and non- violence. He was born in Lumbini in Nepal and died in Khushinagar, India known as Parinirvana .

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