Festivals commemorate significant moments in every religion’s calendar. Buddhist festivals mark important events in the life of the Buddha and celebrate his teachings.
Why are festivals important to believers?
They remember important events and teachings
They make people forget about their religion
People can spend a lot of money and enjoy themselves
When is Wesak celebrated?
At the full moon in April or May
During the rainy season
50 days after it is believed the Buddha died
What does Wesak celebrate?
The start of the Sangha
The birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha
The birth of the Buddha
What does the 'Bathing of the Buddha' ceremony remind Buddhists that they must do?
To remember the Buddha
To purify their own minds of greed, hatred and stupidity
What might be released from cages during Wesak celebrations?
What does Parinirvana Day remember?
The beginning of the Sangha
The death of the Buddha
What does Parinirvana mean?
Nirvana without end
The Nirvana that can never be achieved