Ktm to observe Buddha anniv

KATHMANDU: Buddha Anniversary Celebration Committee (BACC) has been organising various spiritual programmes in the valley since Sunday to mark the 2553rd birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha. The week-long celebration includes various radio shows airing Buddha's life and teachings, religious discourse. "President Dr Ram Baran Yadav along with the ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal are expected to grace the holy celebration at Anandakuti, Swoyambhu, at the main function on May 9," monk Sangarakshit said at a press conference.

Sangarakshit, co-ordinator of Dharmadeshana, said that spreading divine love and Buddha's teachings is the essence of the anniversary. He further informed that several pictures of Buddha, religious pamphlets, Buddhist paper flags, badges, and other related materials had also been freely distributed in last few days.