* Subject to sighting of moon
Vaisakha, Buddha Purnima, is an annual holiday in Bangladesh and is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Baisakh.. It actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and passing away (Parinirvana) of Gautam Buddha. On the day of the worship devotees go to the monastery with Siyong (offerings of rice,vegetable and other fruits and confectionaries).The Buddhist priests known as Bhikshus lead the devotees for chanting of mantra composed in Pali in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples).
Apart from this,other practices such as lighting of thousands of lamps, releasing of Phodona (an auspicious lamp made of paper in the form of a balloon) are also done as and when possible. This holiday is known by its Sanskrit name,Vaisakha, Vesak or Wesak. To celebrate Vesak as the Buddha’s birthday was formalized at the first Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists held in Sri Lanka in 1950.