Sri Lankan bishops, UN, Vatican wish Buddhists on Vesak
(Vatican Radio) Sri Lanka’s Catholic Bishops have sent special greetings to their Buddhist countrymen on the occasion of Vesak, Wednesday, May 10 this year. It is the most solemn festival of Buddhists which the United Nations adopted in 1999 and is celebrating for the first time in Sri Lanka this year. ”Vesak”, sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, occurs on the full moon in the month of May, and commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha or Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, who lived sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries.
“It is fitting for the U.N. Day of