Festivals

Buddha Purnima Buddha Birthday - All over India :

Buddha Poornima, which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May), commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism. 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. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festive look and is decorated with colourful flags and flowers.

He attained Supreme Enlighten, or Buddha hood, beneath the Bodhi-tree at Boddha Gaya. Forty-five years later at the age of eighty, he finally passed away in Parinivana on the same day of the year at Kushinagar. Vaisaka Purnima is celebrated especially in Boddha Gaya, Lumbini and in Kushinara as they are the holy places that were connected with the blessed ones birth, enlighten and the Parinirvana. Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan and quite a number of western Buddhists participate in Vaisaka Purnima Day’s religious activities in a festive mood. Sarnath, the capital of Buddhism, too celebrates Vaisaka Purnima day in a grand way.

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 organised during the show. River rafting and Yak Safari are added attractions.