Parinirvana Day is an important festival for the Mahayana
Buddhist sect. It marks the death of Buddha
. His death is celebrated because it marked his liberation from his physical existence and its corresponding sufferings. The day is also called Nirvana day, because he achieved Nirvana
after his death.
Verses from Paranibbana Sutta, a text containing the details of Buddha’s final days, are recited on this occasion. The day is observed by meditating and visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries. The monasteries organize feasts. Some visitors to the monastery bring with them gifts such as money, clothes or other household goods.