Thank you for the reminder. I had forgotten it was Vesak.
I will be doing more unpacking and getting the new house set up. But I will try to do it mindfully.
I think I will some extra practice with my daily meditation.
mandala wrote:It seems there are lots of different days this is held around the world (not sure why.. if anyone does, let me know).
That is one of the charms of using a lunar calendar. The full moon is about 1:30 am on Saturday in my current time zone. In my old time zone, 4 hours farther west, it is at 9:30 pm Friday. So there are two different days for the observation right there. That is true for every full moon.
Since a year consists of about 12 and a half lunar months, some years have 12 lunar months and some have 13. The choice of which year to give 13 months is somewhat arbitrary, and the calendrical authorities in different cultures may choose different years to have 13 months. The result is that the observation of Vesak may be one month different depending on whose calendar you are using. Generally, it is the same everywhere, but every few years, you get Theravadins observing it in May and Tibetans observing it in June or vice versa.
To further complicate matters, westerners typically like their holidays to be on weekends. This is especially true of non-mainstream religious holidays, which are often work days unless people take a vacation day. So many western sanghas will observe Vesak on whatever weekend is conveniently close to the full moon.
Om mani padme hum