Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Buddha's Birthday!

Photo: MK Metz
It's Buddha's Birthday today, according to Nepalese reckoning.

The date marks the birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

People celebrate by going to a service, eating communal vegetarian meals including kheer (a sweet rice porridge), having joyous parades, and washing baby Buddha in a ritual.

 Nepalese in NYC celebrated a day early with a parade in Washington Square Park on Sunday.

In Nepal, according to Wikipedia, Buddha's birthday is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist and Hindu calendar. This year, that falls on May 4.

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