Saka Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all occur. Saka Dawa is also known as the Festival for Releasing Living Things. This year, that day comes on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. 

It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this day. Do something kind. Help animals, or refrain from eating them. Find ways for your compassion to spread beyond personal needs and impulses.