Did you know?: How Buddha’s birthday is celebrated

Did you know?: How Buddha’s birthday is celebrated

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Christ’s birthday is December 25, but did you know when Buddha’s birthday is? In Japan, Buddha’s birthday is celebrated April 8. On this day, Buddhist temples placed the statue of baby Buddha in a small chapel beautifully decorated with flowers outside of the temple. The custom is to pour sweet tea over the statue with a ladle to honor the legend which says Buddha was born in Nepal surrounded by perfumed blossoms that had rained down from heaven, and two streams of sparkling water poured from the sky to bathe him.

 

 

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Recommended Content