26 May is observed as a Vesak Day globally. The Day of Full Moon is the most sacred day to Buddhists all over the world. On this day, Lord Gautham Buddha attained enlightenment. The Day is commemorated by the UN every year.

History

The Vesak Day is being celebrated by the United Nations since the 2000. The resolution to celebrate the day was passed in the year 1999. Since 2004, International Vesak Summit is being organized. In the year 2019, it was held in Vietnam. So far, the summit has been held 11 times in Thailand, 3 times in Vietnam and 1 time in Sri Lanka. The decision to celebrate the birthday of Buddha as Vesak Day was first formalized at the World Fellowships of Buddhists conference that was held in Sri Lanka in the year 1950. The conference was attended by Buddhist leaders from several countries. 26 May Vesak Day