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Buddhism is a religion based around finding enlightenment The founder Buddha was said to have reached perfect enlightenment and all of his followers seek to do the same In Buddhism there are numerous ceremonies that are part of the religion and aid the followers in their beliefs One of the most appealing aspects of Buddhism to most people is the fact that you can follow the teachings of Buddha and still retain another religion Because of the fact that Buddhism is more of a way of life than a religion many people are able to do this So many ceremonies and practices in Buddhism are combined and intermixed with the ceremonies and practices of other religions In Buddhism there are many common festivals that are celebrated throughout the year These festivals vary depending on which Buddhist country one is looking at For example many of the common festivals in China may differ from those in India or Sri Lanka Still there are many festivals and ceremonies that are universal to all countries in which Buddhism is present In China many festivals were dedicated to important people from Chinese Buddhist history Eliade 347 At these festivals there were often vegetarian feasts At the same time that Buddhist principles were being celebrated the Chinese value of filial piety was also observed Eliade 347 Filial piety was expressed through offerings to the ancestors to aid them In this sense Buddhism was combined with traditional Chinese values demonstrating how Buddhism can be effectively combined with another belief system In China Buddhism was also present in other festivals including Taoist and Confucian Eliade 347 It was also seen in lesser rituals involved in daily life Eliade 347 In Sri Lanka there were festivals that honored the events of Buddhas life Eliade 347 They also celebrated the coming of Mahinda who was a missionary sent to Sri Lanka to teach the people about Buddhism Eliade 347 Mahinda essentially
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