Commemoration of the Buddha’s Birthday
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021, was the 8th day of the 4th month on the traditional East Asian lunar calendar. This was the date for Vesakha-puja (in Korean, Bul-tan-il), the annual commemoration of the birth of the Buddha. In South Korea, where this event is one of the biggest public holidays of the year, part of the celebration involves visiting a Buddhist temple to “bathe the Buddha” by pouring water over a statue representing the infant Buddha. Click here to watch a short video from the BZC Facebook page.
Commemoration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, was the 8th day of the 12th month on the traditional East Asian lunar calendar. This was the date for Sambodhi-puja (in Korean, Seong-do-jae-il), the commemoration of the enlightenment of the Buddha almost 2,600 years ago.
A common practice on this occasion is an all-night meditation, ending early the next morning, just as tradition says the Buddha achieved enlightenment with the rising of Venus, the morning star.
To celebrate the occasion, there were two Facebook Live events broadcast on this page — one at 9pm on Wednesday the 20th, and another at 6am on Thursday the 21st — the video of these events is still available.