International Buddhist Day

On April 8, the Uganda Buddhist Centre joins the global Buddhist community in celebrating International Buddhist Day (IBD), a day unanimously established by supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries across five continents during the Sixth Buddhist Summit conference in Japan. This important date on the Buddhist calendar marks the birth of Lord Buddha and is celebrated worldwide with reverence and gratitude.

Celebration Activities

Pouring water ceremony—a central ritual of IBD involves pouring water over the statue of the newborn Buddha, depicted riding an elephant with six tusks. The statue features the Buddha pointing to the heavens with his right hand and to the earth with his left, symbolizing his spiritual mission. This ritual is performed to honor and thank Lord Buddha for his advent and teachings.

Community gathering—the Uganda Buddhist Centre hosts a diverse gathering of people from different walks of life, including leaders from other faiths, politicians, Buddhists, and non-Buddhists. This inclusive celebration fosters interfaith dialogue and unity, highlighting the universal values of compassion and wisdom taught by the Buddha.

Reflecting on the Buddha’s Life—the day also serves as a time to reflect on the significant milestones in the Buddha’s life: his birth, enlightenment, and passing away. Attendees participate in Dhamma talks and discussions, deepening their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and their relevance in today’s world.

Expressing gratitude—the paying respects and expressing gratitude for the Buddha’s legacy is a key aspect of the celebration. Through various activities such as chanting, meditation, and offering flowers and incense, participants show their appreciation for the Buddha’s profound contributions to humanity.

The Uganda Buddhist Centre warmly invite you every April 8th to join in the celebration of International Buddhist Day. Whether you are a practicing Buddhist or simply interested in learning more about Buddhist traditions, this day offers a unique opportunity to connect with the community, honor the Buddha, and celebrate the values that unite us all.

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