As reasonably, the newars of Bhaktapur are Buddhists besides the Hindus. They adore the day of Buddha Jayanti.
People call this day, the day of Buddha’s birthday as well as the day when he gets enlightenment, and the day of his separation, Paranirvana. That’s why this day is sanctified with the name, Thrice Blessed Festival.
The day of Buddha Jayanti is also recalled as Buddha Purnima, Vaisakha Purnima, Saga Dawa as well as Vesak, the day of his separation, Paranirvana.
Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Budhha was born into the Shakya family. For that reason, the Shakyas give more importance to this day. They visit Viharas and eat sweet dishes like kheer. Genuinely, in their mother tongue, they call it Swanya Puhni. That means the full moon day of flowers.
Lord Buddha is not only popular in Nepal but is also praised by the world. That’s why the whole world celebrates his birthday by organizing different events. Within that huge shutter, a small community of newars also shows their devotion to Lord Buddha, by furnishing the traditional bhajans.
Moreover, this is the 2565th birthday of Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha.
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