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Vesak is the holiest day in Buddhism. On this day are celebrated the birth, the Enlightenment, and the death of the Buddha. This day is usually in the middle or last two weeks of May.

Buddhists the world over rejoice and ponder this day, which is itself a symbol of rejoicing and pondering. Celebrations can be large affairs, filled with (vegetarian) food, animals, and festivals, or small remembrances, filled with meditation. Silent marches or meditations in the evening end the daylong celebration.

This holiday goes by other names as well, among them Buddha Purinama, Wesak, and Visakha Puja. The name may be different, but the reason for celebrating is the same.

The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions.

The following could be described as the ‘Golden Rule’ of the major religions:

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Hurt not others
in ways that you yourself
would find hurtful.
What is hateful to you,
do not to your fellow man.
That is the entire law;
all the rest is commentary  .
Do unto others
as you would have them
do unto you.
No one of you is a believer
until he desires for his brother
that which he desires
for himself.
Blessed is he
who preferreth his brother
before himself. 
Baha’i Faith 

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Jeff Strieff