News Desk (Channel TT): The main religious festival of Buddhism is Happy Buddhapurnima on Wednesday 8th May. This is the first time in the history of the century that this religious day will be celebrated differently. Everyone will pray at home to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection. And like every year, lanterns will not be seen in the sky this time, there will be no reunion.
Joydatta Barua, secretary of the Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust under the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said the main Buddhist religious festival on Wednesday is Shubha Buddhapurnima. Every year the day is celebrated with enthusiasm, prayers are organized. Around this day, people meet in every region. But due to coronavirus, special situation is going on in the country now. So we decided that what we really needed to do was learn how to do it right. Only the monks who are staying in the Buddhist monastery will pray there. According to government instructions, the rest will pray in their homes.
He added that many events are organized around this day. Lanterns are flown, there are many events including rural fairs. The biggest fair is held in the village of Vaidyapara in Chittagong, which is known as the Bodhidrum fair. However, due to the Corona situation, none of this is happening this time.
It is known that Buddhapurnima or Baishakhi Purnima is the holiest festival of Buddhists. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Baishakh. The full moon day of Baishakhi is intertwined with the three memories of Buddha. Buddha was born on this holy day in 623 BC. Bodhi or Siddhila attained this day in 588 BC. And attained Mahaparinirvana on this day in 543 BC. Buddhism was introduced to the world through Siddhartha's enlightenment.