Buddha Jayanti
(09 May’09)

Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima, is the most sacred festivals of Buddhist. This day is the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. It falls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month i.e. April or May. This day commemorates three important events of Buddha's life:

- His birth in 623 BC.
- His enlightment i.e. attainment of supreme wisdom, in 588 BC.
- His attainment of Nirvana i.e. the complete extinction of his self at the age of 80.

Notwithstanding the summer heat, pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the celebrations. The day is marked with prayer meets, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, worship of the statue of Buddha and symposia.

International Flower Festival -Gangtok, Sikkim

It is a show of exotic varieties of flowers, orchids and other plants native to Sikkim, a state in the North – East of India. Held every summer during the peak flowering season, this is a spectacular event attracting people from all over India.

The tiny state of Sikkim, famous for its flora which is in full bloom during March-May with around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. The main displays in the flower show are orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs etc. Experts in the various fields hold seminars and lectures. A food festival with Sikkimese delicacies is also organised during the show.