Today is Vesak, or Buddha Day. According to legend, the Buddha was born, became enlightened and died on the same day of the year, the first full moon of May. Much like other religions, Vesak (pronounced "way-sak") is celebrated on different days in the different traditions and countries. Some have taken to a firm date in May, some still use the old lunar calendars and Vesak can be in May or June, depending on how the moons land that year. I won't bore you with the legends and stories of the Buddha (unless someone asks, then I would be happy to do it), but like in Christianity, his birth has a lot of miracles and devas (angels) coming down and wise men showing up, and all other sorts of weirdness. He battles Mara during the night of his enlightenment and his death is his last death, having broken free of samsara (cyclic existence). Are all these miracles and stories true? I doubt it. But it doesn't really matter, especially if it brings you some happiness and helps you along the way down the Dharma path. Metta (loving-kindness) to all, and may you find happiness and peace in your life.