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Sri Lanka Buddhists Now Divided On Whether To Celebrate 2018 Vesak In May Or April!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia with my annotations.


Click to access original post from ‘onlanka.com’.


I had grown up always believing (and assuming) that Vesak was always the May full moon. Though I have not celebrated it in over 50-years I still think of the May full moon as Vesak. That is why I did my customary, annual Vesal ‘card’ yesterday. Since I know that different, mainly non-Theravadan, countries celebrate vesak on dates different to Sri Lanka I typically put the Sri Lankan date on my ‘card’ to avoid confusion. So, yesterday, I put May 29, 2018.

When I posted my ‘card’ on Facebook two Sri Lankans pointed out that this year Sri Lanka celebrated vesak on April 29, 2018, though some plan to also do so on May 29. Initially I was shocked and upset because I hate to see long held traditions disrupted. I also found the above post which confirmed my initial view.

But, after some research I came to realize that there is some logic to the April 29, 2018 decision — made, of course, by Sri Lanka’s charlatan, often discredited astrologers.

It all has to do with trying to map lunar cycles into the Roman solar calendar — given that vesak is entirely a full moon related event. It eventually comes down to when the full moons fall relative to a given year. April 29th was a LATE full moon for April. That was the problem.

If there are two full moons in May Sri Lanka, traditionally, celebrated vesak on the FIRST of these. A full moon on April 29 was an analogous situation.

So ….


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‘Happy Vesak 2018’ (2562 BE) — Tuesday, May 29, In Sri Lanka — Earlier In Other Countries.

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Cute ‘Vesak 2017’ In Sri Lanka Video Animation By Udaya Kumara, UD Creations.

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Cute.

Captures, to an extent, the spirit of Sri Lankan vesak.


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‘Happy Vesak 2017’ — May 10, In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge



It will also be celebrated on May 11, 2017 in other countries.

But, what counts is when it is in Sri Lanka.

Nostalgic times. I remember it well though I was last there 50 years ago!

Wow. This is the Golden Anniversary of me leaving Sri Lanka — then Ceylon.


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Buddha’s Birthday — April 8, i.e., Today, Is NOT Universally Celebrated/Accepted As Such.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here which does talk about April 8th as the Buddha’s birthday. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original article from
The Japan Times‘.


Most Buddhists believe that the Buddha was both born on and died on the Full Moon day of May — albeit 70 odd years apart.

Hence the widely celebrated holiday of Vesak — which is on the month of May Full Moon.

So celebrating the Buddha’s birthday on April 8th seems strange.

Yes, of course, one could have worked backwards and tried to determine when the Full Moon was in ‘that month’. It would not have been April or May. Those are European creations that make centuries later. So, trying to nail a specific date would be hard and quite ‘hit or miss’.

Big difference between April and May — and a fixed date vs. the Full Moon.

Just wanted to make sure YOU appreciated that April 8th is not universally accepted or celebrated as the Buddha’s birthday. Not by a long chalk.


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No Google Doodle For Vesak 2016 — In Sri Lanka Or Anywhere Else!

by Anura Guruge



No Google Doodle for Vesak 2016. Disappointing. I had asked for one — for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not doing that well in the Google Doodle stakes of late.

Could be because it is a religious holiday, BUT in 2000 Google did do a Doodle for Easter!


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Vesak 2015, May 3 — Greetings.

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>> 2014 Vatican Vesakh greeting.
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We were in Arizona all of last week
and didn’t get back till late on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
So, unlike last year, when Vesak was mid-month,
I didn’t get a chance to do much Vesak-related coverage this year.
Plus, I was heads down most of April trying to get my
latest book published before we left for Arizona.
And I did manage to get it done on April 22nd.

But, there was a lot from last year and I am glad to see
that a lot of people are finding them this year.

As I suspected there was NO Google Doodle for Vesak.
Google tends to stay away from religious events — by and large
(though there are, of course, exceptions).
But, never mind. This story caught my eye.
This is even better.

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From the Sri Lanka “The Sunday Times”. Use link below to access original. Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

Click here to access original from “The Sunday Times” (Sri Lanka).


Vesak 2015, May 3 — Sri Lanka (Yet Again) Issues A Set Of Stamps.

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>> 2014 Vesak greeting.
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They did it last year, i.e., issue a set of ‘Vesak stamps‘,
and it was no doubt a BIG HIT.

Never known to miss an opportunity to capitalize
on past successes and knowing the
insatiable appetite of the Buddhist populace
for anything to venerate Buddhism ‘they’
have done it again.
We have 3 new Vesak stamps for 2015.
As is to be expected they are rather
ornate but pleasing on the eye — with two of them
at least highlighting Sri Lankan Buddhist worship.

Both images from ‘Sri Lanka Stamps‘ — click here to access and buy.

Click images to ENLARGE and enjoy here.

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Vatican (For Pope Francis) Sends Out Yearly Vesak (Vesakh) Greetings To Buddhist — This One On Modern Slavery!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2014 Vatican Vesakh greeting.
>> 2014 Vesak greeting.
>> Happy Vesak 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols.
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The Vatican has been doing this, faithfully,
for the last few years (if not more).

Click here for last year’s greeting.

The theme of this year’s greeting,
modern slavery‘ is interesting
and, to be fair, germane.

Many Buddhists do end up in invidious employment,
mainly in the Middle East but sometimes
other places too.

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Click to ENLARGE and read in its entirety here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original at the
‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS).

 


Vesak 2015 In Sri Lanka Will Be On Sunday, May 3 (Not In June Per Some).

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Vesak greeting.
>> Happy Vesak 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols.
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No sooner is the Sinhala New Year, April 13 – 14,
done and dusted before Sri Lankan Buddhists
have to start gearing up for Vesak —
the Buddhist equivalent of Christmas, Good Friday
and Epiphany rolled into one mega holy day.

Sri Lankan Buddhist celebrate Vesak
on the Full Moon day of May
in 2015, on May 3, 2015 in Sri Lanka.

Buddhist in other countries will
celebrate it on June 1 — the June Full Moon.

It is possible that the Sri Lankans are celebrating it too early —
the May 2015 Full Year falling rather early in the month.

No matter. In Sri Lanka this is not negotiable
(like so much else when it comes to Buddhism).

Vesak is always the May Full Moon.

So with Aluth Avurudda successfully negotiated,
we will now turn our attention to Vesak —
though I do not ‘celebrate’ it per se.

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