Buddha Purnima is observed as the most important festival with great zeal in India and many other countries. As per buddhism,every purnima holds a holy place but ,the Purnima of Vesakh i.e Purnima which comes in month of April-May holds unique importance and it is celebrated as the birthday of Gautama Buddha as Buddha Purnima with great enthusiasm . Celebrations are made in Buddhist areas such as Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Sikkim and its level especially Sarnath and Bodhgaya is altogether on a different scale.
It is believed that on this day, Buddha attained enlightenment. This year Budh Purnima will be celebrated on May 12th 2019
There are several activities which are performed by followers of buddhism to celebrate the birth of Buddha which includes prayer meets, recital of Buddhist mantras, group meditations etc.
Bodh Gaya besides other buddhist temples wears a festivity look on Buddha Purnima. Several devotees can be seen pouring there on this sacred day and bath to Buddha is given with holy waters . The worship of Buddha is done by offering flowers, fruits and candles.Money, goods and food are offered to poor. Generally, the devotees wear white dress on this day and avoid the non-vegetarian food. Special prayers are performed under the Bodhi Tree.