Every day is important to a practitioner,

since each day brings with it new opportunities to become wiser and to pursue the goal of achieving enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. But the holy days on the Buddhist calendar can help remind us of this, and they also bring with them the added opportunity of conferring greater potency on the virtuous activities we engage in. Many great Buddhist masters have stated that when we practice the dharma and observe all the precepts during a holy day such as Vesak, we will cultivate thousands or even millions of times more merit than on an ordinary day. Of course, it is important to make the most of every day as a practitioner, but it is especially meaningful and beneficial to engage in serious practice on special occasions such as this. Thus, at such times, we should all make sure to devote effort to practicing the dharma, make offerings, and practice generosity for the benefit of those in need. Wishing you all a very Happy Vesak Day!