Buddha Jayanti 2023

Buddha Purnima (also known as Buddha Jayanti) celebrates the birth of Prince Siddharta Gautama — a Nepali prince (circa 563-483 B.C.) who later went on to become known as the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The word ‘Purnima’ is Sanskrit for ‘full moon’, which explains why it is celebrated on a full moon day, and ‘Jayanti’ means ‘birthday’. The word Buddha is given to those who attain ‘bodhi’ or wisdom, hence the name was ascribed to Siddartha once he attained enlightenment. It is commonly celebrated during the month of ‘Vaisakhi’ in Hindu/Buddhist lunar calendars.

Himalayan Buddhist Community of Nepal in USA in coordination with other buddhist communities from Nepal jointly organize Buddha Jayanti in Queens, New York. This year event was hosted by Newa Guthi New York on Saturday, May 13, 2023 in Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights New York. Event was witnessed by thousands of spectators. Ghaylsumdo Sewa Sanstha also participated as co-organizer along with other Buddhist Communities from Nepal in USA.

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