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Vesak

Pronunciation: /ˈvesak/
(also Wesak or Visākha /viˈsäkə/)

noun

The most important Buddhist festival, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, and celebrated at the full moon in the Indian month of Vaishaka (April-May).
Example sentences
  • One of the most important festivals of all is Vesak at the full moon in May when the birth, enlightenment and decease of the Buddha are remembered.
  • The TPF called off its campaign on the Buddhist festival of Vesak, but warned protests would resume.
  • I remember during Vesak and other Buddhist festivals the inmates organised meals and other things for passers-by.

Origin

Sinhalese vesak, via Pali from Sanskrit vaiśākha, denoting the month April–May.

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Syllabification: Ve·sak

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