Talk:Buddha's Birthday

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Celebrations in Taiwan[edit]

I'm in Taiwan, and here the birthday is celebrated today, April 8, like in Japan. It is not a holiday.

(this comment was added in 2007: 2007-04-08T07:03:09 by 218.211.34.34 - --NealMcB (talk) 17:33, 21 May 2009 (UTC))

Merge? and pronunciation[edit]

Should this page maybe be merged with Vesak? And, if so, what should the location of the merged page be? - Nat Krause 28 June 2005 09:02 (UTC)

I would tend to say 'no'. The Buddha's Birthday holiday is typically observed in East Asian countries, which observe the birth, enlightenment, and Nirvanva of the Buddha on three different days, and which tend to fix those days at particular dates on the Gregorian calendar. Vesak, on the other hand, is almost exclusively Theravada and combines the observance of the birth, enlightenment, and Nirvana into a single day. It tends to focus slightly more on the birth in practical observance, but the date is always determined by the old Indian lunar calendar- Vesak is the full-moon uposatha day in the 5th month of the calendar (which is also called Vesak). The two holidays overlap slightly, but there is enough of a difference between them- who observes them, when and how they are observed, what exactly is being celebrated or recalled- that I think that they are probably better served by being two articles, rather than one article that has to be split into two giant sections. I think that the issue over what to call the merged article is a pretty good indicator of the problem; the only solution I could see would be to make a 'Holidays Observing Events in the Life of the Buddha' article that included all the major Buddhist holidays in a single place (Vesak, Magha Puja, Nihon-e, Bodhi Day, Buddha Day, Anapanasati Puja, etc.), but that would probably need to link out to individual articles anyway to keep from becoming unwieldy. Is there a general 'Buddhist Holidays' or 'Buddhist Festivals' article anywhere? --Clay Collier 22:38, 7 August 2005 (UTC)
Hmmm ... I suppose you're right that they should stay as separate articles. The naming of this article remains an issue, though, since "Buddha's birthday" is certainly part of the celebration for Vesak. I wonder what the most common non-English name for "Buddha's Birthday" is.
As far as I know, there is currently no article about Buddhist holidays or festivals. - Nat Krause 08:05, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
When I started this page, I chose "Buddha's Birthday" as the name of the article because this is apparently the official English name for this holiday in Hong Kong. Please see "http://www.info.gov.hk/info/ph2005.htm". The rest of Vesak is not commonly celebrated in Hong Kong. -- PFHLai 09:33, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
Interesting. Well, thanks for your work on the subject. Can you add some Chinese, just for reference? - Nat Krause 10:04, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
Sorry, I can read and write but not type in Chinese. However, I copied-&-pasted 2 Chinese characters from "http://www.info.gov.hk/info/holiday_c.htm". Hope this helps. -- PFHLai 17:49, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
Cool, thanks! Can you add a roman-letters approximation of how this is pronounced in Cantonese, if you get a chance? - Nat Krause 09:20, 7 October 2005 (UTC)
Well, 佛誕 is something like "Fud" with the "d" silent (not Foo, similar "u" in Mug or Mud) and "Darn". I ain't a linguist. I'll let someone who actually knows the proper pronounciation codes put this into the article. In case you are interested, 誕 = birth, and Christmas is 聖誕 or "SingDarn". Hope this helps. :-) -- PFHLai 15:15, 7 October 2005 (UTC)
Well, I added some Yale-Romanisation that I got from www.ChinaLanguage.com. Let me know if you think it looks wrong. - Nat Krause 16:20, 8 October 2005 (UTC)
Looks fine to me. :-) -- PFHLai 18:45, 8 October 2005 (UTC)
I have added the Mandarin pinyin now, as well. —Lowellian (reply) 02:46, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

May 5 or 12?[edit]

I don't get why anon's edit on May 5 was reverted. The edit summary for the revert was "This is the date of the PUBLIC HOLIDAY. Not the date when Buddhists celebrate." However, there's no indication in the article that that's what's being addressed, and I don't see why there would be. It's originally a Buddhist holiday. - Nat Krause(Talk!) 02:36, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

Which date is the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese calendar ? May 5, not May 12. For the actual Buddhist celebration, please see Vesak. That's a month long, with the climax/highlight on the day of the full moon, which is on May 12 this year. -- PFHLai 17:26, 8 May 2006 (UTC) [Crossed out possible misunderstanding/error on my part. 18:40, 8 May 2006 (UTC)]
Actually, some places have this holiday on the 15th, rather than the 8th, day of the 4th month in the lunar calendar. Buddha's Birthday as a public holiday in Vietnam & Thailand is on May 12 this year. This has been added to the article. Is it better now ? -- PFHLai 18:40, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps I should clarify that the word 'some' should be in that bad edit summary of mine on May 5th but was somehow missing (I'm a lousy typist). Sorry. The line should read: ... Not the date when some Buddhists celebrate.. -- PFHLai 05:34, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Possible hoax[edit]

This edit: [1] was made by an editor know for hoaxes. However, I have no way of verifying the information. Good luck! --Kevin Murray 14:38, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Grammatical/style issue[edit]

Wikipedia and most other English sources tend to prefer "the Buddha" to simply "Buddha". However, this article seems to prefer "Buddha", perhaps because it is implied by the article's title. If we change instances of "Buddha" to "the Buddha", should we also moved the article to the Buddha's Birthday?—Nat Krause(Talk!·What have I done?) 18:28, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

OTD[edit]

Per the rules at WP:OTD, this article is going to be omitted from Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 10 if the maintenance tags are still up at that time. There are five days to go, so please add more references posthaste. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 16:44, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

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The holiday's day in Vietnam[edit]

While I understand that the day for the celebration is 04-08 lunar in much of the East Asia, it seems like the day for the celebration is 04-15 in Vietnam according to Vietnamese Wikipedia's holiday article? Is there any source for this?C933103 (talk) 18:01, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

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