Buddhist Holidays

Happy Bodhi Day

Where ever Buddhism goes, it picks up the customs and bits of the culture from the country it arrives in. So perhaps we should find incorporate Buddhism with some of our winter holiday customs . Of course the compassion of the season fits right in with Buddhism.  And of course Buddhism is not alone in incorporating celebrations. After all the Christian celebration of Christmas was incorporated with the Roman celebration of Saturnalia and also Soltice customs.

December 8 is Bodhi Day, by some Buddhist traditions. This day honors the enlightment of Siddhartha Gautama. Bodhi Day would be a good way to integrate the winter holidays with Buddhism. Here are some suggestions for integrating our customs with Buddhism:

Bodhi Day Scene
Bodhi day scene created by Hongwanji Mission in Hawaii

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