17th United Nations Day of Vesak Event Canceled over Coronavirus Risk

13/03/2020

Participants of the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations in Vietnam last year. From baonhandao.vn

In light of the uncertainties and risks associated with the growing international COVID-19 outbreak, the International Council for the Day of Vesak (ICDV) has decided to cancel the upcoming 17th United Nations Day of Vesak event, an international observation of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and mahaparinirvana, which was scheduled to be held in Thailand in May.

“Due to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern,’ and the Thai Ministry of Public Health, on 26 February 2020, has designated it as a dangerous communicable disease.” The ICDV stated in a letter dated 6 March and widely shared on social media.

“For these reasons, the Thai Sangha Supreme Council, on 28 February 2020, issued Resolution No.137/2563 on preventative measures against the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Item No.4 states: ‘Ecclesiastical chief officials should consider desisting from or postponing inviting any person from abroad to join in Sangha meetings or activities in Thailand.’

“Taking this situation into consideration, the International Council for the Day of Vesak has decided to cancel the 17th United Nations Day of Vesak event in 2020 that was to be hosted in Thailand.”

The letter is signed by Ven. Prof. Dr. PraBrahmapundit, a member of the Thai Sangha Supreme Council and president of the International Council for the Day of Vesak.

Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima (or more informally Buddha’s Birthday), commemorates three key events in the life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, that represent the birth of Buddhism: the birth, enlightenment (Skt: sopadhishesa-nirvana), and passing from this world (Skt: mahaparinirvana) of Shakyamuni Buddha. The occasion is a public holiday in many countries in Asia and is celebrated by millions of Buddhists across the world. It is traditionally observed on or around the date of the full moon in the month of May, which this year falls on 6 May.

The UN General Assembly officially recognized Vesak Day as an international observance on 15 December 1999, aiming to honor the Buddhist values of wisdom, compassion, and tolerance as a mean to foster world peace. The first official celebration was held at the UN headquarters in New York in 2000.

Source: By Craig Lewis

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/

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