Vesak is the Buddhist festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada tradition. In India, Vaishakh Purnima day is also known as Buddha Jayanti day and has been traditionally accepted as Buddha's birth day and is an official holiday. This year, the festival is going to be observed on May 21.
Today on May 6th it's Sigmund Freud's (1856 - 1939) 160th birthday. Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis. He qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1881 at the University of Vienna and completed his habilitation in 1885. He became an affiliated professor in 1902 and lived and worked in Vienna, having set up his clinical practice later. It was in 1938 he left Austria to escape the Nazis and died in exile in the United Kingdom in 1939.
Seven people were reportedly killed and over 100 injured when tents at the on-going Simhastha Kumbha Mela in Ujjain collapsed due to heavy rains and storm yesterday. Injured have been rushed to the district hospital for treatment.
On coming Monday (May 9) one of the rarest astronomical events will take place in which a transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun would be witnessed in most counties across the world including India. This happens 13 or 14 times a century.