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This is a Buddhist celebration which observes the spiritual awakening (bodhi) of founder Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha, ca. 596 BCE. Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar. The tradition is that having spent six years living an extreme ascetic life, the Buddha formulated his 'middle way' philosophy. He then spent time in deep meditation under the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, India, where he achieved enlightenment and realised the Four Noble Truths.


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