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Vesak - Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Vesak, informally called The Buddha's Birthday, commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and final death of Gautama Buddha. Offerings of flowers, incense, and candles remind Buddhists that, just as a flower will soon wither and the candle will burn out, so too is life subject to decay. Temples display an image of the baby Buddha in a small basin, allowing devotee's to pour water over the statue; it is symbolic of the cleansing of the devotee's bad karma and to reenact the events following the Buddha's birth, when devas and spirits made offerings to him.
Description provided by Yale University Chaplain's Office
May 25, 2013 (All day)