As most of you know, many Theravada Buddhists will honor the birth, enlightenment, and parinibbana of the Buddha this month. Vesakha Puja (Pali) is a time of giving, good deeds, setting animals free, pilgrimage/procession/circumnambulation with candles, special precepts, listening to Dhamma, chanting the good qualities of the Three Jewels, etc.
What do you think is a meaningful way to honor the Buddha for Vesakha Puja? Does your wat or your family have its own unique traditions for this time of year? For those individuals who intend to do something special in remembrance of the Buddha: what are you planning to do?
Thank you in advance to anyone willing to share.
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.
Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.
Dhammapada v. 183/14.5