Purnima : Rituals and Celebrations
Birds are freed from cages. Fruits and clothes are distributed among the sick
and abstinence is observed on eating meat.
The Bodhi tree is revered. Its branches are decorated with garlands and
colored flags. Rows of lamps are lit around the tree, and milk and scented
waters are sprinkled on its roots.
The rituals include prayers, sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha, continuous
recitation of Buddhist scriptures, meditation by monks and devotees, and
worship of the statue of Buddha.
Offerings of incense, flowers, candles and fruit are made by believers, who
prostrate several times in front of the idol.
On this Holy day the Buddhists bathe and wear only white clothes. They gather
in their viharas for worship and give alms to monks.
They also reaffirm their faith in the five principles called
not to take life
not to steal
not to lie
not to consume liquor or other intoxicants
not to commit adultery
About Buddha Purnima / Jayanti
Life Of Gautam Buddha
: Nirvana, Noble and Universal Truth, Eightfold Path