DHARAMSALA, Apr 30: A historic international event will be held in New Delhi on May 4 to celebrate this year’s ‘Buddha Poornima’, recognized as one of the most important religious festivals by Buddhists across the world.
The event, organized by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) with full support of the Indian government will have Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as the Chief Guest. A special prayer session will be held to express solidarity with those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the birth place of Lord Buddha as well as those in Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Briefing the media, Minister of State for Home Affairs and Chairman of the Celebration Committee, Shri Kiren Rijiju today said:
“The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) with full support of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India is hosting a historic celebration of the Buddha Poornima “International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration 2015” on 4th of May at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
Minister of State (I/C) of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma will attend the event as the Guest of Honour along with a host of other dignitaries, including Hon’ble Members of Parliaments, Ambassadors, Eminent Scholars, Buddhist Monks and Nuns from India and various countries will attend the event.
Buddha Poornima or Vesak is recognized as the thrice sacred day that marks the Birth, Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Bihar, preached first in Sarnath and passed away in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.