Festival of Buddhists
The main festival of the Buddhists is Buddha Purnima or Baishakhi Purnima. It is celebrated on the day of the full moon in Bengali month Baishakh (April-May). It is believed by the Buddhists that three important events occurred in the life of Buddha on this day; his birth, his gaining enlightenment, and his death. On this day Buddhists arrange collective prayers and other religious ceremonies, recite stories of The Buddha and his disciples, organize socials and cultural events. The day is observed as a public holiday. Fairs are also held on the day at different villages in Bangladesh.
Probarana Purnima is another Buddhist festival, also known as Ashshini Purnima. Prabarana means both adopting wholly and forbidding. Prabarana is observed on the day of the full moon in the month of Ashshin (September-October). At the end of Prabarana, every Buddhist monasteries celebrates the festival of Kathin Chibar Dan. Kathin Chibar Dan means difficult (Kathin) cloth (Chibar: used by monks) donation (Dan). On this day, it usually takes 24 hours to prepare Kathin Chibar from thread processed by spinning jum cotton It is the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist people. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious fervour. Millions of Buddhist devotees from the hill districts and other parts of the country gather during the occasion at Bana Bihar, an internationaly famous buddhists temple in Bangladesh in Rangamati Hill District . Moreover, Ministers, MPs and high officials also attend the festival. To enjoy the festival many people along with the Buddhists crowd at Bana Bihar . Devotees bring various gifts on this occasion and robes are given to the monks . Buddhists believe that on Probarana Purnima day Lord Buddha went to the abode of the gods, and, after blessing his mother, returned to earth.
The most attractive event on Probarana Purnima is making spacial hot-air balloons called ‘Fanush’ and send them in the sky as a symbol of lighting up the sky.