Let Vesak Day bring peace and stability to society

Vesak Day, celebrated on the Kason Full Moon in May, holds immense significance for millions of Buddhists worldwide. It commemorates three pivotal events in the life of the Lord Buddha: His birth in 623 BC, His Enlightenment, and His passing at the age of 80. This sacred day, recognized internationally by the United Nations through resolution 54/115 of 1999, acknowledges Buddhism’s profound contribution to global spirituality over the past two and a half millennia.


In Myanmar, the Full Moon of Kason is a deeply revered day, marking the Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment. Known as Gotama, the Buddha’s teachings revolve around breaking free from the cycle of life filled with suffering and ignorance (Avijja) to attain Enlight­enment. This message is uni­versal, transcending religious boundaries, urging all humans to seek liberation from life’s inherent miseries.


On this day, the Lord Bud­dha meditated under a banyan tree, later named the sacred Bo tree. To honour this, Bud­dhists in Myanmar engage in the ritual of pouring water on Bo trees, promoting their growth during the hot sum­mer. This act is seen as a mer­itorious deed and a significant part of the Kason full moon festival. The Bo tree, one of the four sacred Cetis recognized by the Lord Buddha Himself, symbolizes Enlightenment and spiritual growth.


The tradition of watering the Bo tree in Myanmar dur­ing Vesak Day has evolved into a festival that underscores en­vironmental conservation and societal well-being. By nurtur­ing the Bo trees, people con­tribute to creating a pleasant and aesthetically pleasing en­vironment, fostering a sense of peace and community harmony.


This practice has broader implications for Myanmar society. It not only preserves an essential cultural and religious tradition but also promotes environmental awareness. As people come together to celebrate Vesak Day, the collective action of watering the Bo trees becomes a symbol of unity and peace. This communal effort helps to reduce hostility and grievances among different national race groups, contributing to a stable and harmonious society.


Therefore, Vesak Day, marked by the Full Moon of Kason, serves as a beacon of peace and prosperity in Myanmar. It exem­plifies how ancient traditions can inspire modern practices that enhance both spiritual and environmental well-being, fostering a peaceful and stable society. Through these shared rituals and values, Vesak Day, called Buddha Day, continues to bring peace and stability, encouraging a harmonious coexistence among all people in Myanmar society.