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The Buddhist Festival of Parinirvana

The Buddhist Festival of Parinirvana

The Buddhist Festival of Parinirvana commemorates the day of Buddha’s death and celebrates his legacy. It is believed that on this day, Buddha achieved nirvana, or freedom from suffering. The Buddha was a spiritual teacher who lived in India during the 6th century BCE. He is revered for his teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which provide a framework for understanding the human condition and how to achieve liberation from suffering.

Parinirvana is celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar month, and it is a time for monks and nuns to reflect on the Buddha’s teachings. The day is also marked by special ceremonies and rituals, as well as by giving gifts to those in need.

In some parts of the world, Parinirvana is also known as the “Festival of Light” because it is traditionally observed by lighting candles and lanterns. This symbolizes the light of Buddha’s truth that guides people to nirvana.

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