Source: The Register-Guard
On May 1, 2004 The Register-Guard reported, "Each spring, Buddhists throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Vesakha, or Wesak. This day honors the birth, life and teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha. Early Buddhist scriptures recount that the Buddha was born, enlightened and died on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month, 'Vesakha.' Whereas in southern Asia the festival encompasses all three major life events, in northern Buddhist traditions the Buddha's birth is especially emphasized in the spring."