Bodhi Day is being observed by Buddhists worldwide.

"Bodhi" originates from a verb that means "to awaken" or "awakened" in Pali and Sanskrit, two ancient Indian languages. It is commonly considered to indicate "enlightenment" in Buddhism

Bodhi Day honours the moment 2,600 years ago when Siddhartha Gautama became enlightened, or awakened, to become the Buddha

Bodhi Day is not observed by all Buddhists. It is especially prevalent among the Buddhist Mahayana traditions of East Asia, which are found in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

Buddhists commemorate this important day as a reminder of the Buddha's tremendous spiritual awakening under the Bodhi tree.

Why is Bodhi Day celebrated?

The significance of the day lies in the inspiration it provides for followers to strive for their awakening and enlightenment.

Buddhists use this occasion to renew their commitment to the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which are fundamental principles in Buddhism.

Bodhi Day  Is on December 8 for Japanese Buddhists but on a different day every year for other cultures

On Bodhi Day? Celebrants read scriptures (sutras) and offer prayers, although their observances vary. Some hold special family meals and decorate trees with candles or colourful lights to represent the enlightenment of Buddha