On the occasion of the International Day of Vesak UN chief Ban Ki-moon while extending his good wishes to believers celebrating Vesak Day said,"Now more than ever, we need the spirit of non-violence to help inspire peace and quell conflict."
Ban expressed his sincerest hopes to draw on spiritual ideals to strengthen our resolve to improve our world and make it more peaceful.
This day is being commemorated today at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices and with permanent missions, which also wish to be consulted with discussions, prayers and meetings to convey the message on non-violence and peace.
As the Buddhist traditions inform that Vesak is the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May on which the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and passed away - considered be an auspicious day by Buddhists. The observance has been recognized by the UN now and is celebrated by its units and Buddhists all over the globe.
It may be recalled that the UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 1999 to recognize internationally the Day of Vesak to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism to the world peace and inspire spirituality among humanity.