Parinirvana Day, a shifting date, lands annually based on the lunar cycle – usually in February or early March. This special day in Buddhism marks a key moment: the passing of Buddha into Parinirvana at the ripe age of eighty. For Buddhists, today honours his journey to Enlightenment and finding freedom from life’s struggles. It’s a time for reflection, filled with a deep sense of respect for Buddha’s journey and teachings.
Today is marked by various rituals; from prayer sessions, to meditations, and temple visits. In some communities, you’ll see processions that depict the transition from life to the state of Nirvana. Offerings like flowers, candles, and incense symbolise life’s impermanence. Oh, and devotees often do their bit for charity too – honouring Buddha’s compassionate teachings. This isn’t just a religious observance, it’s a cultural and communal event, fostering unity among its followers.