Today’s events include:
Family Day (Canada) – Grammy Awards Day – Gumdrop Day – Hippo Day – President’s Day – Singles Awareness Day – Washington’s Birthday – National Flag of Canada Day – Parinirvana Day – Statehood Day in Serbia
Focus: Parinirvana Day
This is a Mahayana Buddhist holiday created in East Asia. It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. In some places it is celebrated on 8th February, but most celebrate on 15th Feb.
On this day, passages from the Nirvana Sutra which describe the last days of the Buddha’s life, are often read.
Buddha was 80 years old at the time of his death, and had spent forty years teaching after his Enlightenment. He died in a state of meditation, where he is said to have achieved nirvana, being a release from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Daily Trivia: In 1920, Eugene Debs ran for president while he was a prison inmate in Atlanta Georgia serving a 10 year sentence for espionage following a speech denouncing American participation in World War I. He received nearly 1 million votes.