Reach Out to Bridge Differences, Show Compassion on Global Scale, Secretary-General Urges in Message for Day of Vesak

by Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, The Buddhist Channel, May 21, 2016

New York
-- "On this Day of Vesak, let us pledge to reach out to bridge differences, foster a sense of belonging, and show compassion on a global scale for the sake of our common future. ," - Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General.

The following is the UN's message on the Day of Vesak, to be observed on 20 May.  More



Happy Vesak 2016 / 2560B.E.
This year, Vesak is observed the world over as follows:

April 8: Japan (Vesākha or hanamatsuri (花祭)
May 15: South Korea (a.k.a. Buddha's Birthday)
May 20: Thailand
May 21: China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Laos, Singapore
May 22: 

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