241 Holbrook Ave
Wheeling IL 60090
Please join us to celebrate Buddha’s birthday assembly!
We will chant Shakyamuni Buddha’s name followed by each of us taking turns to bathe the baby Buddha statue.
Buddha’s Birthday, also known as: Festival of Bathing of Buddha, Vesak Day, Buddha Day, is traditionally observed on the 8th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar in China. Shakyamuni Buddha was born 565 BC as the prince of the Kapilvastu kingdom in ancient India (nowadays: Nepal). The Bathing of the Buddha is an ancient and important ceremony since India’s Buddhism time, and can be traced to historical narratives of Gautama Buddha’s birth. According to the legend, when Gautama Buddha was born, he pointed one hand toward the sky and the other toward the earth; the earth trembled, and there were nine dragons spewing water to bath him. Nowadays, Buddhists in many countries celebrate this day.