Purnima is a time when many festivals are celebrated across Asia. Kartik Poornima, Vat Purnima, Guru Purnima and Buddha Poornima are a few of the most widely celebrated of these full moon festivals.
Buddha Poornima is especially significant for Buddhists as this is the celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. These events are said to have occurred under the full moon in May, which is when the festival takes place.
Purnima is also commonly used as a girl’s name in the Indian subcontinent.