I am exploring Buddhism and I go to a Buddhist group that is non-traditional.
I pretty interested to know how Buddhists celebrate the Elightenment of the Buddha, if at all. I am also curious to know how Buddhist think about celebrating the Buddha.
Even though I am not a Buddhist, I feel that I owe respect for all that he had done to improve the happiness and welfare of mankind. I do not see this as worshipping the Buddha as a God, but just simple graditude.
But many of the people at the non-traditional Buddhist group I go to felt very uncomfortable about celebrating the Buddha.
So I am wondering , why and how Buddhists celebrate the Buddha? And why some would oppose celebrating the Buddha?