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Buddha's message of non-violence and service is more relevant than ever: UN Chief Guterres
UN proclaimed Vesak Day, 17 May, got celebrated by the world community to 'acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.'

Extending his best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world, the UN Chief Antonio Guterres in his message stated, "In a time of growing intolerance and inequality, the Buddha's message of non-violence and service to others is more relevant than ever." 

"On this date marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, all of us, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, can reflect on his life and draw inspiration from his teachings," he added urging to renew commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all. 

This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices. 

As we know that Vesak - the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred to Buddhists since the Buddha was born on this day; he also attained enlightenment and Mahanirvana on this day.

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