International Buddhist Day celebrated on April 8 | Daily News

International Buddhist Day celebrated on April 8

Five-hundred-and-twenty million Buddhists living in 47 countries across the five continents, celebrated April 8 as ‘International Buddhist Day’.

This day has been proclaimed ‘International Buddhist Day’ by the Buddhist Summit of Japan.

This official proclamation was made at a session of the Buddhist Summit held in Colombo two years ago. This year, the main venue of the celebration was the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism at the Nenbutsushu Muryojui Temple in Japan.

International Buddhist Day, also known as the ‘Day of the Advent of the Buddha’, is associated with a complex series of rituals.

In Japan, the main ritual is the bathing of the ‘Buddha Child’ who is seated upon an elephant with six tusks. The ritual of the bathing of the New Born Buddha is known as ‘Kambutsu’. Associated with this is the ritual ‘Kanja’, during which devotees sprinkle holy water on their heads.

Seven-thousand cherry trees are in full bloom around the central shrine.

World leaders including Queen Elizabeth and the Secretary-General of the United Nations issued messages of felicitation to mark International Buddhist Day.

The President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka also felicitated the organisers.

The Secretary General of the Buddhist Summit of Japan is Ven. Sarada Nayaka Maha Thera of Sri Lanka, who is also one of the chief prelates of Singapore.


 

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