Buddha Purnima celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, who was born in Nepal about 2,500 years ago. It falls on ‘Purnima’ or a full moon day. It is the most important festival for followers of Buddhism around the world. In Thailand, the festival is known as Visakha Bucha Day and is a national holiday.
On Buddha Purnima, devotees visit Buddhist shrines, recite hymns and sermons about the life, teachings and principles of Lord Buddha and offer flowers and candles to his idol. It is customary to dress in white clothing on this auspicious occasion and offer kheer (rice pudding) to those who are less fortunate.
There are close to 200,000 Buddhists in the UK based on 2021 Census Predictions. They come primarily from the Far East, South Asia and China.
The Buddhist Society in London was founded in 1924. It provided a platform in the UK for all Buddhist schools and traditions. To find out more about The Buddhist Society please visit: https://lnkd.in/dTEuq6W
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