Kason Full Moon Day, also known as Vesak Day, is a significant holiday in many parts of Asia, particularly in Buddhist communities. This day is celebrated on the full moon day of Kason, which typically falls in May or June according to the lunar calendar. This year, it falls on 3 May.
The origins of Kason Full Moon Day can be traced back to the birth, enlightenment, and death of Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha. Some suggest that one of the previous incarnations of Lord Buddha received a prophecy of Buddhahood from another Buddha on this very day, too. In short, Kason Full Moon Day is very important for Buddha.
On this day, Buddhists pay homage to the Buddha by performing acts of piety and generosity. In many Buddhist countries, people gather at temples and pagodas to offer flowers, incense, and candles to the Buddha, his teachings, and the monastic community. Some also participate in processions or meditate in quiet contemplation.
One of the most significant rituals associated with this day is the pouring of water or scented water over the roots of the Bodhi tree, the tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. This act symbolises the importance of nurturing and preserving the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and the Bodhi tree itself, which is regarded as a sacred tree in Buddhism.
You will find celebrations at many pagodas in Yangon and elsewhere. May you have a pleasant holiday.